Garnett + Calderon=Return Of Matty G

Regular readers know Matty G was once a regular contributor.  Circumstances have drawn him away from Red’s Army, but KG coaxed him out of semi-retirement with that finger-waving thing he did to Jose Calderon.  Please enjoy the return, however temporary, of Matty G.  Video of the KG/Calderon moment and daily links after the jump.

Images From Comcast SportsNet Broadcast

Images From Comcast SportsNet Broadcast

For anyone who wasn’t sure what Kevin Garnett brought to the table, they got a full understanding of it last season. Monster dunks, a beautiful 18 foot jumper, and tons of profanities, just to name a few. But his best attribute is his defense. Not only did he take home the Defensive Player of the Year award, but the Celtics as a team allowed just over 90 points a game. Defense wins championships, as the Celtics learned last season. But Garnett’s defense spans far more than blocked shots and steals, and it showed in last nights 94-87 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Bill Russell’s favorite part of defense was the mental aspect. He loved getting in opponent’s head so they not only feared the humiliation of a blocked shot, but were haunted by imaginary footsteps from his Chuck Taylor’s. Even when he was on the other side of the floor, his presence was always felt. This frustrated the opposition to the point where they didn’t want to shoot the ball anymore.

Garnett may not be as dominant a defender as Russell (then again, who is?) but he sure has the “whatever you do, don’t forget I’m out on the floor” part down pat. The Celtics found themselves down 12 at halftime after a sluggish effort in the first half. They slowly crept back into things in the third quarter, cutting the lead to just six after 36 minutes. In the final 1:09 of the third, Garnett helped spark the Celtics and psyched out the Raptors. After hitting one of those 18 footers to cut the Raptors lead to 61-55 , Garnett didn’t just waltz down the court to cover his man. No, after Toronto point guard Jose Calderon got in his face on the shot, KG returned the favor… the entire way up the court.

As Calderon tried to bring the ball up, Garnett gave new meaning to full court press. He clapped in the Spaniard’s face, did his best impression of “Spirit Fingers” (yes, that is a Bring It On reference) and barked out dialogue that in print would have to be written as #@%*!>?^&. Needless to say, I don’t think he was complimenting Calderon’s dribbling skills.

Instead Garnett got inside his head. Calderon begged and pleaded for a taunting call, like a little brother begs his parents to scold his older brother after administering a wet willey. He must be an only child, because this usually leads to something far worse, like a wedgie (or in some cases, the atomic wedgie). Instead, Garnett kept barking. He continued to hound him on the Raptors ensuing possession, and it all led to Calderon shouting a few choice words in Garnett’s direction when the quarter ended.

Words are only words. The bottom line was the Celtics were down only six, and the message was there: The Celtics are not giving this one away. Not on Garnett’s watch.

Paul Pierce took over in the final few minutes, and ended up scoring 22 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter. That’s what the captain is for, scoring in crunch time. It’s his job, and he does it like very few others do, much like Garnett on defense. When points need to be scored, Pierce is the guy to do it. When a team needs to be intimidated, and shooed away with their tails between their legs, Garnett is the guy to that.

Since his arrival last summer, Garnett has completely changed everything about the Celtics. Defense is the key. The intensity on the court is through the Garden rafters and breaks through the roof. If a teammate takes a play off, Garnett will be there to let them know. Even when injured for nine games last season, players knew they had to give 100%, because KG’s voice could be heard around the corner. He couldn’t sit on the bench while he was out because it caused him too much distress not being in there.

Sure he makes as much as the entire Celtics bench plus Kendrick Perkins, but Garnett puts it all out on the table every night for every play. Other than Tim Duncan, are there any other $20 million men* that play and focus as much on defense as Garnett? There may not be, and there may never be.

Then again “Anything Is Possibllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.”
* In order of salary according to hoopshype.com

Stephon Marbury, NY: $21,937,500.00 (hasn’t play defense at all this season)
Allen Iverson, Det: $21, 937,500.00 (at least he plays more D than Marbury)
Jason Kidd, Dal: $21,372,000.00
Jermaine O’Neal, Tor: $21,352,500.00
Kobe Bryant, LAL: $21,262,500.00
Tracy McGrady, Hou: $21.126,874.00 (a lot of $ for 1st round exits)
Tim Duncan, SA: $20,598,703.00
Shaquille O’Neal, Pho: $20,000,000.00

Herald:  Garnett’s greatness awes coach  |  Pierce turns it on  |  Pierce deals with bad hand  |  Perk crashes O’Neal’s party  | Ref-reshed Paul goes off  |  Globe:  Truth hurts  |  Captain became quarter master  |  Paths cross once more  |  McDyess seems headed for UTurn  |  WEEI:  Sounds of the game  |  Souza:  Celtics Pierce Toronto  |  T&G:  Tony Allen finally has a leg to stand on  |  Captain is Superman  |  Toronto Sun:  KG the perfectionist

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54 Responses

  1. what a great game, love the swagger this team has. Nobody is cocky, just confident defending what they earned from last year. I am worried Perk is going to end up Beasting somebody for real.

  2. What a nasty 1-2 KG and Pierce make. Goddam are we fortunate to have these two bad mofos wanting it.

  3. A Bring it on reference… didn’t see that coming.

    KG is just the man! & I saw him whip out what looked to be a semi-cobra!

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  5. Are we going to see the return Matty G Awards now!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Let’s hope

  7. god, what a tool Garnett is! Calderon showed him what a man really is, as opposed to showboating puerility. Where was the tech? I thought the refs were supposed to clean up their act this year. Don’t worry, they’ll leave the “champs” bandwagon when their record goes into the crapper; obviously this team has nothing but hype.

  8. Poor Toronto fans, they don’t know what to do over a lose… Actually I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same loser who wrote all these comments.

  9. Yea definitely looks like the same asshole wrote all these.

    Big Green Fan : No More? So you are saying after being a C’s fan for THIRTY YEARS, you no longer are because Garnett got in a guys face and tried to psych him out?? I agree it may have warranted a technical but are you fuckin serious??? A fan for 30 years and the year after a Championship you say its over because of that???? You have GOT to be kidding me. This is definitely the same person over and over.

    John/Chuck – Can we confirm this???

  10. Dear Toronto fans, your team is a bunch of whinny ninnies. You sound like their mom – ‘no – don’t talk mean to him, he’ll get upset!’. At some point in time, your team needs to man up. Sadly, this won’t happen for you until they move to Seattle. Garnett exposed your point guard to be the classic flopper. Real men don’t cry to their momma’s, they rectify things. Good luck next year. I wonder when we sign Bosh .. 2010?

  11. Uh it’s pretty obvious that it’s the same guy, the comments come in one minute intervals of one another.

  12. Yea I noticed that after I posted…that fuckin comment just got me fired up is all…

  13. So Garnett gets no tech, yet everyone else gets a tech when they wag their finger in Dikembe’s face?

    Bullshit.

  14. Yes.. it was all the same guy. I deleted all but his first post.

    Guy is from the University of Toronto, by the way.

  15. I can’t stand trolls that act like fans of a team to make a stupid point like “my 30 year fan support ended last night.”

    How much of an idiot do you have to be to change your support of a team based off of one game? Dumb troll. Dumb troll. Dumb troll.

    KG was a monster last night. End of story.

  16. KG display last night= classless, disrepectful and plain old rude. I have been watching the Celtics since the 80′s and I am glad they won a championship, but the way this team has been displaying themselves is a disgrace. I am not sure stomach a full season of it

  17. I can understand not liking what KG did. That’s fine.

    But I don’t understand the “way this team has been displaying themselves” comment.

    What have the Celtics been doing? They don’t say anything controversial in interviews. They don’t do anything flamboyant.

    Yes, KG is emotional… and that can rub people the wrong way… but I’m pretty sure Calderon was trash talking last night too. KG just doesn’t pop off like that. He’s responding to something there.

  18. Apparently all these people who’ve been “watching the Celtics since the 80′s and are disgusted” – haven’t.

    Or they’d remember things like:

    Bird throwing the ball at Laimbeer, and beating the snot out of him.

    Bird announcing in from of 100′s of thousands at City Hall Plaza “Moses Eats Shit” on the microphone.

    Larry throwing haymakers at Dr. J.

    Parish tossing Rambis to the floor.

    Nuthin but a bunch of Toronto Trolls still pissed cuz’ they got they ass whooped last night. Punk ass bitches.

  19. hey celts fans.. your beloved celts dont have the best record in the east.. THE HAWKS DO..HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAA. watch them clean up the celts on your home floor on wed night.

  20. Garnett is awesome. Only a REAL man can punk a little point guard from Spain!

  21. Good point Danno!

  22. Wow, so many bitter people today. Seems like KG is much less respected since he came to the Celtics and became a “winner.” If people are put off by his behavior that’s more than fair, but he’s still a great player; all the kvetching in the world isn’t changing that.

    ****

    Btw, to Danno’s list I would also add: Larry Bird purportedly injuring himself during the NBA Finals in 1985 in a barroom fight. I started fervently watching the Celtics in 1988-89 and I am amazed how under the rug this story is; I never heard of it until a couple years ago. Pierce or KG would have been absolutely eviscerated had one of them done something like that. Shoot, Paulie was eviscerated for wrapping a bandage around his head!

  23. Larry would never have been eviscerated.

    Neither Would Bobby Orr, Tom Brady, or Ted Williams.

    And neither should KG.

    people are fickle idiots with short memories.

  24. So, let me get this straight, instead of focusing on the things that really made the Raptors lose the game, Raptors fans are focusing on a trivial moment at the end of the 3rd Quarter? OK, T-Up KG, that gives you a chance at 1 extra point on that possession. That wouldn’t have stopped the Raptors from learning the truth about the Celtics in the 4th. If KG clapping in your point guard’s face really caused your team collapse when it counts, you have a lot to work on.

  25. If KG clapping in your point guard’s face really caused your team collapse when it counts, you have a lot to work on.

    Heh, It couldn’t have been said better.

  26. I don’t understand how anyone can have a problem with what KG was doing. He got Calderon out of his game and the raptors fell apart, it was actually brilliant and funny as hell watching KG taunt that clown, I LOVE that the celtics are like the most hated team in the league, its all jealousy, if Bosh or jermaine had the balls to do that to rondo the raptors fans would love it. Its just that KG actually puts fear into your teams that is what bothers you, hhaha just ask the lakers and every other team that hates us in the league, we tear your heart out and win, talk shit and back it up, and don’t care about anyone but our team. so SUCKS!

  27. One game, one interaction… who cares? This sort of thing is between the players, anyway. Anyone ever play this game? Anyone ever had someone jaw at you? Anyone ever quietly outplay them?

    It’s the game, folks.

  28. I’ll start off by saying, I am a Raptors fan.

    Now let me continue by saying … you guys have a great team. The Celtics are definitely a power house, and you deserved last night’s win. I’m not about to argue that.

    As for the Raptors, they are a team trying to get to that level, with a few pieces left to go, but a pretty decent core at this time. One of those is Calderon. A guy who is still with the Raptors (unlike TJ Ford), not simply because of his numbers, but because he’s a very passionate player, and a team first type of guy.

    And KG is a definite super star, who brings to the Celtics, what a championship team needs. And I believe his intensity was a big reason for last night`s turn-around.

    That being said, his “finger wagging” was bush league, and I`m truly surprised he didn`t get a tech on that. Hopefully he`ll have a little more class next time these two teams meet.

    As a Raptors fan, we always look forward to the sport of it, even if we don`t feel that way about a loss.

  29. What has completely under-reported is that Calderon used his fingers to make slanty eyes at KG which instigated the whole thing. After the bullsh*t the Spaniards pulled at the olympics they get no sympathy from me just because KG punked on him. Don’t worry Calderon, your shower pal Gasol will get worse than a finger wag.

  30. Such arrogant people you all are. It wasn’t so long ago that your team was a bunch of scrubs, oh well.

    Anyway, what an incredibly bush league play. And Calderon wasn’t talking any trash, KG just went insane, like he usually does. Sure it served a purpose, they won, but it still was taunting, and by rule that’s a technical.

    I hope Joe Johnson ruins you guys.

  31. Laker,
    I don`t know your definition of sport, but for me, it`s about class.

    As you refer to Olympic issue, you failed to mention that Calderon also acknowledged that “brain cramp” moment by him and his team-mates.

    Now don`t get me wrong. As a Raptor fan, I`d like to see my team kick your ass. Celtics that is.
    Just as much as you`d like to see the opposite.

    That`s what I like about sports.
    As for KG`s “brain cramp” …….. not so much.
    At least have the balls to admit that.

  32. RapthoseLeafs: get over it man, KG talked some trash, it is not the end of the world, instead of worrying about one little thing that didn’t have anything to do with the outcome of the game, maybe you should focus on things that actually caused you to lose, like your new big acquisition disappearing in the 2nd half, bad decisions made by your coach in crunch time, and turning the ball over an ungodly amount of times in a row. Those are the things Raptors people should be blogging/commenting about, the things that really matter, not trivial stuff that had nothing to do with why you lost.

  33. Actually Josh, the Raptor blogging world is pretty intense. And we`re not easy on the team, even when we win. We`re even hard on the TV Commentators & Analysts when we think they sound like homers.

    Haven`t heard much about the Boston gang — on this site — but after watching their telecast, I`d say whining is not a Raptor exclusive.

    Anyways, check out 2 of our more popular blog spots. You`ll find lots of spewing about turnovers (the Raptors were above their avg, while the Celtics were way below). And then add anything else that might get our blood going.

    http://www.hooplife.ca/raptorshq/

    http://raptorsrepublic.com/blog/index.php

  34. happy veterans day i know alot of vets read this!!!!!!

    I will drink a couple for you tonight

  35. My goodness yo would think KG punched or choked Calderon the way the Raptors fans are acting. As has bee said it is pretty trivial and maybeyou should be worried about how your team let the lead slip away. Nobody was hurt in the incident except the Raptors fans feelings it seems. Geesh.

  36. My goodness some of you raptor fans need to grow a spine!

  37. hawks are on the plane and on the way…………old ass creaky knees celtics are about to get wiped off the floor.. even without Josh Smith!

  38. Those Celtics won the world Championship last year. They will be fine. Let’s see the Hawks do this all year. They usually drop off eventually. Until they do the smack talk is a bit much.

  39. i was there last night screaming like an idiot all game.. i dont think anyone made a peep until the 4th quarter. what a fun game to watch though. as fans i dont know why half the people that go by tickets they just sit in there seats and suck there thumbs. make some fucking noise if your at the game. thats what were there for to be the 6th man for our team. make teams not want to come into our building

  40. Stephon Marbury, NY: $21,937,500.00 (hasn’t play defense at all this season)

    Forget defense he hasn’t had a chance to play either end of the floor. What a shame, once hyped as the heart of soul of New York and I still believe is, now reduced to a 21 million manager.

  41. i love garnet… i love jordan…

  42. “We`re even hard on the TV Commentators & Analysts when we think they sound like homers.

    Haven`t heard much about the Boston gang — on this site — but after watching their telecast, I`d say whining is not a Raptor exclusive. ”

    I know the NBA is relatively new to Toronto, but are you seriously coming on to a Celtics Fan website and trying to tell Celtics fans that Tommy Heinsohn (a man who has been a Celtic since 1956) is a homer? Thanks for the newsflash, I don’t think we were aware that Tommy’s blood is green.

  43. wow, that was one long description of the celtics by the hawks fan: old ass creaky knees celtics.

    who here really thinks the celtics are old ass creaky knees celtics? who here really thinks the hawks will win the game?

  44. [...] Garnett + Calderon=Return Of Matty G [...]

  45. [...] his two cents on what he thinks about Kevin Garnett howling in his ear like the lone wolf and wagging his finger. Jose takes it in stride as he should, he’s not moaning about how Garnett should’ve got [...]

  46. [...] Garnett + Calderon=Return Of Matty G – [...]

  47. MATTY G!

  48. ummm please show me the footage of calderon whining.

  49. ^It happened as soon as Calderon got over half court.

  50. calderon is a good player. but he let KG get in his head. i dont think KG has heard a word that an opposing player has said during the game since he came to boston. to be a stud you have to have that zone or next gear

  51. you forgot to mention that on that play, jose got an assist when he found kapono for a 3 pointer….
    how effective was the taunting if jose still produced during the play?

  52. How was Calderon the rest of the game. Did the Raptors win or lose?

  53. I have been watching basketball for a long time. The way the Celtics have been conducting themselves on the court and bench is a joke. The only player who hasn’t bought into the hype in my opinion is Ray Allen. PP dogged it all those years the Cs were losing, then when they get some quality players he decides to step it up? Please. And where to begin on KG. He pulled the same nonsense with Calderon against Steve Nash in the playoffs a few years ago. He portrays this tuff guy image until push comes to shove he does not back it up (Hawks last year and his recent girl-slap). You would figure if he was going to talk all the smack, he would have the ability to back it up, like, let’s say Shaq (did you see him clean house against the Rockets?) I have all the respect in the world for his game and intensity, but the in-your-face attitude rubs a lot of experienced basketball people who love the purity of game the wrong way. I am looking forward to the playoffs this year to watch KGs intensity as they are bounced in their attempt for a repeat.

  54. Thankyou verymuch

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