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Garnett's defense the difference vs. Miami

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Garnett's defense the difference vs. Miami

MIAMI When you look at the names (Joel Anthony, Ronny Turiaf) and see how significant an edge Kevin Garnett has on both players, you'd be nuts not to try and bully them in the post as much as you can with Garnett.

He's averaging 20.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in this series, which is huge when you consider how neither team puts up a lot of points to begin with.

But as much as Garnett has worked them over with his scoring, he has been even better in terms of what he's brought to the table defensively.

In Boston's 93-91 Game 4 win, it was Garnett's defense -- maybe more than anything else -- that was a major factor in the C's bolting out to such a commanding lead.

"He was single-handedly a single-man zone for us," said coach Doc Rivers. "He was amazing. Then he did it again in overtime."

That has been the Kevin Garnett way of doing things.

Whatever the team needs, I'll deliver.

Look no further than the move the Celtics made in putting him at center. To this day, he'll tell you he hates being an NBA center.

But when you look at the production, his ability to impact the game in ways that for most teams are unmatched, speaks to how committed he is to doing whatever is needed.

"Kevin is our best defender," said Rajon Rondo. "That's not a secret. When he's out there, obviously our pluses are a lot better. He does so many little things on the floor as far as helping on everyone. He's our best communicator. He's our best, you know, defensive rebounder. He does it all."

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Vertical's Bobby Marks: Celtics a 'wild card' in Durant chase

Vertical's Bobby Marks: Celtics a 'wild card' in Durant chase

Many people think Kevin Durant-to-the-Celtics is a pipe dream.

But Bobby Marks of The Vertical isn't one of them.

Appearing on CBS Sports Radio's Gio and Jones Show, Marks said Durant's decision on where to play next year will be based on "a lot of different things. Does he go the one-year route that a lot of us think might be in play to get his years of service up to 10 and then next year he can really cash out? Can you win a championship going forward? I think that eliminates more than a handful of teams here, and then there’s also that stability factor and just how challenging it’s going to be for them to fit him in (from) a cap standpoint.

"Most of these teams that he will meet with will have to really gut a little bit of their roster outside of Oklahoma City and Boston.”

Boston?

“Boston is kind of a wild card here,” Marks said. “They’re in the East, so you don’t have to bang your head against San Antonio, Golden State, Portland, the Clippers. Yes, you would have the NBA champs in your back yard with Cleveland, but basically you would really just have them and Toronto.

"And Boston’s got a lot of ways to improve in the future (with all of of their draft picks). Durant could walk into the Celtics meeting room and say, ‘Hey, I want to play with Al Horford,’ and they’ll be able to create room to do so. That’s why I kind of put Boston up there along with Oklahoma City.”