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.
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. (more…)