Garnett's defense the difference vs. Miami

Garnett's defense the difference vs. Miami
June 5, 2012, 12:57 am
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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."