Garnett slows down, produces late for Celtics


Garnett slows down, produces late for Celtics

BOSTON With so much energy that he always seems to be on the verge of exploding, it should come as no surprise that Kevin Garnett has to be told to slow down from time to time.

Doc Rivers found himself in desperate need of that energy from Garnett, who responded to Rivers' plea in helping Boston knock off Orlando 116-110 in overtime on Sunday.

Garnett had a game-high 24 points in the win, half of which came in the fourth quarter following a third-quarter collapse by the Celtics that saw their 12-point lead totally wiped out.

"I was on him about slowing down, because there's no one his size," said Rivers, who added that the Magic did a nice job of keeping a body on Garnett, which led him to shoot more quickly than usual.

But when the game was anyone's for the taking, Garnett made sure it was his. All his.

He had 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, providing the kind of steady production down the stretch that was absolutely critical to the Celtics to win and will remain a vital component for future success.

"When he slowed down," Rivers said, "the game changed for us."

Garnett said he had no idea that the Celtics would make him such a priority on offense down the stretch.

"Usually times like (that), Paul (Pierce), Rajon (Rondo), each one gets in another gear," Garnett said. "You could see . . . we had a little lackadaisical presence. Everyone reaches within themselves to try pick it up."

That includes himself, even if not a given that the team will make getting him the ball a priority.

"Some nights they come to me, some nights they don't," Garnett said with a grin. " You have to be ready. (Sunday) I was trying to be as aggressive as I could."

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.