Rhythm, not rest, key for Garnett going forward

Rhythm, not rest, key for Garnett going forward
March 12, 2013, 11:30 pm
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Part of Doc Rivers' decision to sit Paul Pierce in Tuesday's 100-74 blowout loss at Charlotte was because Pierce, to Rivers at least, looked tired.

Could Kevin Garnett be far behind?

Although Garnett had yet another rough night shooting the ball on Tuesday (5 points, 2-for-10 from the field), Rivers isn't convinced that the fatigue that comes with a long NBA season has anything to do with why shots of late just haven't been falling for Garnett.

"We have to get him a better rhythm," Rivers said. "That's more on us. We have to get him the right shots, and we're not doing a very good job of that."

Garnett, who is shooting 48.9 percent from the field - his lowest field goal percentage with the Celtics - said part of his problem on Tuesday was that he was rushing his shot some.

"I need to relax a little more," Garnett said. "I'm trying to be better (in the) second half, I'm trying to be more aggressive. I just have to be better, period. I will be better."

Garnett will get that chance on Wednesday against Toronto which has won two of its last three games. And Garnett will have the benefit of seeing limited action on Tuesday (less than 21 minutes) due to the blowout nature of the game.

Seeing how Garnett and the C's as a whole struggled with Pierce out getting rest, it raises the question as to whether the Celtics did the right thing in sitting the Captain.

Rivers doesn't hesitate in responding when asked that question.

"Oh yeah, yeah, definitely," said Rivers. "Otherwise, he (Pierce) would have been part of that, you know. What I was thinking, I wish I had given Kevin the night off too, in the middle of the game. That would have been terrific. Now we'd have two guys that could have gotten some rest."