Duncan: Playing against KG still tough

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Duncan: Playing against KG still tough

BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett entered the NBA in 1995 and began his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Three years later, Tim Duncan was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, becoming an instant big man matchup for Garnett.

Fast forward to 2012 -- Garnett and Duncan are still going at it on the court. On Wednesday, the pair faced off during the Spurs' 87-86 win over the Boston Celtics.

Now both 35, their matchup hasnt gotten any easier over the years.

Its been difficult, Duncan said of playing against Garnett. Weve always had some great battles. It always seems to turn into a war at some point in the game. But its a lot of fun. I think we bring out a lot of each other.

Garnett, who has been shifted to the center position in a smaller Celtics lineup, posted 16 points (7-19 FG), seven rebounds, and five assists in 33 minutes. Duncan recorded a double-double with 10 points (4-12 FG) and 16 rebounds in 34 minutes.

They found themselves squaring off at several points during the game.

Were both older, were not the go-to guy so we are kind of matched up more, said Duncan. Were both kind of playing more center, so it just happened that way. As usual, its tough playing against him.

Some things never change.

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

CHICAGO -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to Chicago:

 

QUOTES:

"He's rarely in the middle of the plate. He pitches to the edge very effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you.'' - John Farrell on White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

"We have such a heavily righthand-hitting lineup, you would think that our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitching coming at them. . . We're capable of more.'' - Farrell on the Sox 0-3 record against lefty starters.

"He's done everything that we could have asked, to get deep into games and low run situations -- and not just this year. This goes back to when he was in the rotation last year.'' - Farrell on tough-luck loser Steven Wright.

"That's what I'm working for every time.'' - Carson Smith on his scoreless inning in his Red Sox debut.

"It is what it is. Keep working and try to be ready on whatever opportunities come. That's all I can say about that.'' - Chris Young, on the infrequency of lefty starters.

"A little frustrated with the walks. I gave them the second run with the walks. When I'm out there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it's hard to get into a rhythm.'' - Steven Wright.

 

NOTES

* The Red Sox have faced three lefty starters this season and are 0-3. They've managed two runs in 23 innings and hit just .108 (8-for-74) against them.

* When the opposition scores first, the Red Sox are 5-6 this season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning single.

* Dating back to last season, Steven Wright hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine starts.

* Hanley Ramirez's homer in the fifth was his first since April 6, covering 96 at-bats.

 

STARS

1) Jose Quintana

Chicago's starter was brilliant, allowing a single run in eight innings on just four hits without issuing a walk.

2) Jose Abreu

The White Sox first baseman drove in three of the four White Sox runs with a first-inning triple and a two-run double in the eighth.

3) Steven Wright

Once again, the knuckballer got almost no run support and was stuck with the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.