WALTHAM -- The Philadelphia 76ers know Kevin Garnett. The veterans on the team have played against him for years while the younger players grew up watching him.
To Garnett, he isnt differentiating his opponents. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals series (tied 2-2), theyre all playing him the same.
All the big guys are playing physical, Garnett said prior to practice on Sunday. I cant tell one guy from the next. Spencer Hawes is playing just as physical as the young kid (Lavoy Allen). Its all the same.
During a postseason in which overall team play has been inconsistent at points, Garnetts performance from the field has been one of the mainstays for the Boston Celtics.
But after shooting 70.6 percent (12-17) in the C's Game 3 win over the 76ers last week, he struggled in Friday's Game 4 loss. He shot just 3-for-12 (25.0) while scoring nine points, breaking his four-game double-double streak.
Theyre very aggressive, said Garnett.
The Celtics will make an effort as a team to get Garnett going on offense. Garnett himself has watched, and will continue to review, game tape to make the necessary adjustments for a necessary Game 5 win on Monday in Boston.
Its critical, Garnett said of their upcoming contest. Nothing more, nothing less than that. Were at home. Weve got to win tomorrow.
With all attention focused on overtaking the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the East, the offseason -- trades, the draft, free agency -- is on the backburner in Celtics Nation these days.
But that pot's still simmering,
And it began to boil a little today when Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, in the middle of a story on the Clippers being at a crossroad, threw a little accelerant on that old Blake Griffin-to-Boston flame . . .
But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start — perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.
Not much of a thread to grab there. But that didn't prevent cbssports.com's James Herbert from looking into it . . .
Jumping to another contender on a max contract might not be simple. As CelticsBlog’s Keith P. Smith pointed out, Boston would have to dump Terry Rozier, waive Tyler Zeller and renounce all its free agents, including Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, in order to even get near the amount of cap room that would be required to offer Griffin or someone like Gordon Hayward a max deal.
Then again, Herbert says the Lakers and Thunder, Griffin's supposed other two destination spots, are even less financially flexible than the C's.
For now, it's all just a temporary diversion from the battle for No. 1.
It's also a reminder, though, that a whole new season -- the offseason -- is just around the corner.