Garnett proves to be 'X-factor' in win over Nets

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Garnett proves to be 'X-factor' in win over Nets

BOSTON For years, Kevin Garnett has been a player who delivered whatever was needed, in order for his team to have a shot at winning.

That mentality is alive and well as Garnett was among the many key performers in Boston's 89-70 win over New Jersey on Wednesday.

Although he had 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Garnett also made a number of strong plays defensively as well as set up teammates for scores.

"I do a number of things," Garnett said. "You say 'Ray, he shoots 3s.' Paul's our leader; he scores the basketball.

Garnett added, "I'm one of those X-factors. You need me to score, I can score. You need me to play defense, I can play defense. I'm like the glue here. You need an extra pass, that's what it is."

Celtics Nation has seen how life without Garnett, can be.

After winning it all in 2008, the C's chances at a repeat the following year were derailed by a knee injury to Garnett.

The C's didn't make it past the second round of the playoffs that year.

Health is certainly a big issue with all the Celtics, but especially with Garnett whose playing time has been limited some.

Helping keep his minutes on track will be Brandon Bass, who has done a really good job of filling in for Garnett and occasionally playing some at center.

But if Garnett weren't playing particularly well, you can bet he would hear something from his teammates.

"We praise each other, but at the same time we push each other," Garnett said.

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.