Garnett's return to make big impact for C's

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Garnett's return to make big impact for C's

DETROIT The Boston Celtics are hoping for a different outcome when they face the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

Having Kevin Garnett can only help.

Garnett did not play in Boston's 98-88 loss to Detroit on Wednesday because of a hip flexor injury.

The Celtics have had players banged up all season, so the idea of a starter being out is not a foreign concept to the C's.

But there are starters and then there's Kevin Garnett.

"Anytime he steps on the floor, he's capable of going for big numbers," Pistons center Ben Wallace, told CSNNE.com. "That factor alone, you gotta play him honest."

Despite being one of the league's elder statesman, there's no mistaking the impact that Garnett, 35, still can make on a game.

Bulls coach and former Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau is well-versed on all that is Kevin Garnett.

And while his numbers alone make him Hall-of-Fame worthy, those who have coached with and against him - folks like Thibodeau - understand that his value to a team is difficult to quantify.

"The thing about Kevin his numbers certainly speak for themselves," Thibodeau said. "But you can never measure that guy statistically, no matter how good his numbers are. He brings so many different things to winning. Leadership, intensity, gets the ball moving. often Kevin would be the guy swinging the ball side to side, even when he had a good shot to take."

And that selflessness, while appreciated, can sometimes be maddening for a coach.

Thibodeau remembers vividly how upset Celtics coach Doc Rivers would get sometimes when Garnett would pass on a wide open or lightly contested shot, and instead pass to a teammate.

"He (Garnett) just stays true to the game," Thibodeau said. "He's just a winner; he's going to do whatever he thinks it takes to win."

And if that means getting into the heads of young players like Charlie Villanueva, or Andray Blatche consider it done.

"He really doesn't care about the opponent," Rivers said. "He cares about his teammates. He'll do anything for his team to win."

That kind of approach sounds more like a backup player, then a Hall-of-Fame bound superstar.

"He's a superstar that plays like a role player," Rivers said. "And that's rare."

Foes alike recognize how Garnett's play tends to elevate the play of those around him.

"Just his presence is going to force teams to take notice that he's on the floor, and that helps his teammates out so much," Wallace said.

Garnett doesn't say much about his game as it stands now, or how it has evolved over time.

His words, much like his play, are simple but effective.

"I'm a skilled player that knows how to play, that looks forward to making other guys better," Garnett said. "I make the sacrifices for the betterment of the team. That's (who) I am."

Patriots’ ‘Pot Roast’ turns up the heat on pushing Durant to Celtics

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Patriots’ ‘Pot Roast’ turns up the heat on pushing Durant to Celtics

Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton’s biggest contribution to the New England sports landscape may not be in the middle of the Patriots defense.

The Hartford native and avid Celtics fan is close friends with Kevin Durant.

He says that once the Thunder close out the Golden State Warriors and have their way with the Cavaliers, he’ll be calling up KD.

“I’m leaving him alone right now, letting him finish it up,” said Knighton after Thursday’s Patriots OTA practice. “I love how he’s playing. I hope he wins it. I kind of hope he doesn’t.”

Knighton didn’t say why he kind of hopes Durant loses, but one can surmise it’s because he’d like to start recruiting.

“As soon as the season’s over, if he’s hoisting the trophy or not, I’ll definitely be texting him every day, calling him, flying down to OKC. I’ll be in his ear a lot, trust me.”

Durant has now twice promised to turn up the heat on Durant. 

If he can make that happen and do damage for the defense, he'll have his own Duck Boat. 
 
 

Thursday, May 26: Will going with Fleury haunt Penguins?

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Thursday, May 26: Will going with Fleury haunt Penguins?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while still laughing at the #TeamFrich movement.

*Dave Lozo says that the decision by Mike Sullivan to play Marc-Andre Fleury could still come back to haunt the Pittsburgh Penguins.

*Miracle on Ice goaltender Jim Craig marvels at the evolution of USA Hockey from the Miracle days to the current system that just keeps on producing top talent.

*Mike from Woburn hates the Kevan Miller contract almost as much as I do.

*Speaking of the Kevin Miller deal, here’s a scenario where the big overpay for Miller might help them land another talented young player.

*In other hockey news, the Vancouver Canucks landed legitimate top-4 defenseman Erik Gudbranson while the ink was drying on the Kevan Miller contract.

*Chris Phillips is expected to announce his retirement from the Ottawa Senators after a long career in Ottawa as a defensive warrior.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says some tough decisions await the St. Louis Blues after dropping the conference finals to the San Jose Sharks.

*The San Jose media has decreed that it was worth spending a first-round pick for Martin Jones after he helped carry them to the Cup Final. For the Bruins it means that their first round pick will be No. 29 or No. 30 in the first round, so whoop-de-do for that.

*For something completely different: 21 scientists say that Tom Brady is right and the NFL is wrong about Deflategate.