Garnett reaches 25,000 points in Celtics' win over Lakers

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Garnett reaches 25,000 points in Celtics' win over Lakers

BOSTON There will come a time when the game will eventually pass Kevin Garnett by.
And with each milestone he passes, that time becomes closer.
Thursday was yet another accomplishment for Garnett, who joined one of the more exclusive clubs in NBA history.
At the 8:08 mark in the second quarter of Boston's 116-95 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Garnett scored his sixth point of the night, which punched his ticket into the 25,000 career point club. He finished with 15 points and now has 25,009.
The 25K club is one of the more exclusive fraternities in the NBA, now 16 deep with Garnett.
"I'm sure someday I'll fall back and rock in my rocking chair having a cigar, thinking about what I've done," Garnett said. "I'm sure it will make some sense to me."
Garnett's ascension to being one of the NBA's all-time great scorers is an amazing feat for a player who has spent the bulk of his career taking great pride in being one of the league's elite defenders.
But with most of his career spent in Minnesota, Garnett had little choice but to become a high-volume scorer ... and rebounder ... and assist man ... and just about every job imaginable for the Timberwolves except tossing t-shirts into the stands during time-outs.
Since arriving in Boston prior to the 2007-2008 season, Garnett has been tasked with anchoring a Celtics defense that has been among the NBA's best annually.
For the 36-year-old, that is as ideal a fit as he could have.
But in achieving this latest milestone, it speaks volumes as to how talented Garnett is as an all-around player.
Only 15 players to ever suit up in the NBA have scored more than Garnett, and yet the imprint he leaves on most games is at the defensive end of the floor.
"You know what's funny is he's a great offensive player," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "But that tells you he's so good defensively that you rarely hear about Kevin being a great offensive player."
As much as Garnett deserves to be praised for what he has done in the NBA as a scorer, he'll be the first to acknowledge that his success offensively involves so many other folks.
Said Garnett: "I told Doc when I came here to all the coaches and ex-players and current players and systems and organizations, this great organization that I play for, I'm more than honored, because without the systems and the coaches, and obviously players that put you in a position to score the basketball none of this would be possible."
And making it even more special was that it came with at least one family member more than usual at the game.
"You know my family, my baby, she got to be at the game tonight and see it. Thank you for snow days," Garnett said. "She got to come to the game tonight which is kind of unusual, so it was good to have her here. It was great."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”