Garnett 'cool' with playing just six minutes in All-Star Game


Garnett 'cool' with playing just six minutes in All-Star Game

HOUSTON Kevin Garnett played just six minutes for the East in their 143-138 loss to the Western Conference All-Stars - and he could not have been any happier about it.

"Yup. Right where I wanted to be," grinned Garnett as he began to explain his lack of playing time on Sunday.

Prior to the game, Garnett said he had a conversation with Eastern Conference and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra about what his role would be in Sunday's game.

"I just told Erik, it's the young guy's game," Garnett said. "Give me a couple minutes and I was cool. He said alright."

In his six minutes, Garnett was scoreless but did manage to grab three rebounds along with tallying one assist.

Having spent most of the game on the bench, it was indeed an unusual place for Garnett to be for such a long stretch.

And while on the bench, Garnett was seen doing what might seem like the unthinkable - high-fiving Miami's Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as they came to the East bench during time-outs.

Garnett acknowledged how different something like that might be, but added, "We have the same jerseys on for the All-Star Game. When we have opposing jerseys on, then that's obvious. But right now, this is what this weekend is; come in, give your time and there's not too many times where you're going to be interacting like this. It's time to let your hair down and relax."

Garnett said he spent time getting to know a lot of the young All-Stars this week, guys like Indiana's Paul George and Chicago's Luol Deng and Joakim Noah.

"It was good; a good weekend," he said.

Especially for Garnett off the court as he got to spend more time than usual around his family and friends.

"To be honest, what was on my mind this weekend was getting proper rest, enjoying myself, trying to make sure everybody that was with me enjoyed themselves," Garnett said. "I accomplished that. My daughter has never been to a dunk contest or anything like that. Having my kid to see that, that was cool. That was cool for me. And then, just enjoying it; embracing everything that comes with All-Star Weekend."

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Following Thursday’s 105-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics will be on the prowl to rebound – literally – from its first defeat of the season.

Because for all that did not go right in Thursday night’s loss, the way Boston was beaten on the boards stands out emphatically.

“They got 24 more shots than us. We only turned it over (12) times,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the loss. “So that’s the obvious place they’re getting their possessions, on the glass. That’s going to be the number one thing, that has been the number one thing. It’s something we’ve talked about. We have to get better at it.”


Boston was out-rebounded 55-36 on the boards which heavily factored into Chicago’s 18-5 advantage in second-chance points.

In the Celtics' 122-117 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday, Boston won the overall rebounding battle 47-44, but had just 12 offensive rebounds compared to Brooklyn's 15 offensive boards. Despite the close margin, the Nets won the battle on the offensive glass running away, outscoring the Celtics 23-13 in second-chance points.

Stevens decided to start Tyler Zeller ahead of Amir Johnson to begin the third quarter, hoping Zeller would be a better matchup on the glass than Johnson who did not grab a single rebound in the 11 minutes of court time he got in the first half.

While Zeller did do a few good things on the glass and scoring in half-court sets, it wasn’t enough to swing the momentum Chicago was steadily gaining due to its ability to control the boards.

“I wasn’t real surprised but at the same time I knew it could happen,” Zeller told reporters, referring to Stevens’ decision to have him start the second half. “They did a good job of coming out and setting the tone. They beat us up on the boards, especially the first half. It’s something we have to get better at and continue to grow at.”

And it’s not a one-player or one-position issue, either.

Usually we think of bigs when it comes to rebounding. But Boston’s guards need to step up their rebounding game as well.

The struggles thus far have to be put in the context of this being just two games, the latter being the season opener for the Bulls who were jacked up more than usual due to it being the first game for Chicago native Dwyane Wade and ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo.

“We have to focus on boxing out,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “Guards have to do a better job. Guys like me, Al (Horford), Amir (Johnson), Tyler (Zeller) ... We have to do a good job of coming in the weak side and grabbing those; just focus on it, pay more attention to detail.”