Garnett using 'old' comments as motivation

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Garnett using 'old' comments as motivation

BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett turns 36 years old on May 19.

He is well aware and quite frankly, doesnt want to hear about it.

Not because he has issues with getting older, but because of the insinuations and assumptions that are made about it.

After posting a double-double with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocked shots in the Boston Celtics series-clinching Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday,. Garnett took the podium and made a few things clear.

You know what, I dont want to come off kind of wrong, so you (turns to Rajon Rondo sitting next to him) tap me if Im out of line here, he said. I take my craft very seriously. I guess being 35, soon to be 36, not 37, 76, look it up, that I put a lot of work into my craft. I take this very seriously. I always have since 95, since Ive able to come into this league. And its almost like you guys are shocked. Like this aint what I do everyday, like this aint what I was built for.

It comes off kind off like a -- Im not going to say that. It does come off kind of disrespectful at times. I put a lot of effort and work and time into this so when I hit the floor, there are certain things I expect from myself, certain levels I expect out of myself.

Garnett contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds in a critical fourth quarter. He accounted for half of the Celtics offense during that stretch.

He averaged 18.7 points and 10.5 rebounds over the six-game series. Thats six games in which he put it all on the line, like he prides himself on doing every night.

I take this very seriously, Garnett said. So you guys calling me old, that number just fuels the fire. You all have no idea what you are doing when you do that. So I appreciate you all. Whoevers writing the old comments and all that, keep doing that. I appreciate that. I dont read your columns but it gets back to me. Alright?

Garnett has already won an NBA championship. He has already established himself as a future Hall of Famer. He doesnt have anything left to prove, regardless of his age.

So what keeps fueling him to win at this point in his career?

Not knowing if this is my last year to play, he said. Playing against younger talent, being competitive. Im a very, very competitive person. Im playing with great guys, even better younger guys that are getting better, great coaching staff and a great organization with good people that are workings in it. Im self-motivated but to come here every day is an easy thing to do. Youre going to have some hard days, rainy days, blah blah blah, but for the most part, its easy sailing here. I look forward to wake up and coming in.

First-place Celtics continue to focus on playing well, not standings

First-place Celtics continue to focus on playing well, not standings

WALTHAM, Mass. – When it comes to NBA standings, no Celtic pays closer attention to it than Isaiah Thomas.
 
But the 5-foot-9 All-Star is quick to say that while he’s aware of what’s happening with other teams record-wise, Thomas, like his teammates, isn’t obsessed with it, even with the Celtics (48-26) now in first place in the East following Cleveland’s loss at San Antonio on Monday.
 
“It’s a good feeling,” Thomas said. “It’s still not the end of the year; anything can happen. It’s a nice feeling to be the number one seed for once, but we just have to continue to control what we can control.”

The fact that Boston is even in position to finish with the best record in the East is amazing when you consider injuries and illnesses have forced them to use 13 different starting lineups this season.
 
And the preferred starting five of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Amir Johnson has played together 31 times and posted an impressive 24-7 record.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been consistent in his message that while having the best record in the East is nice, he’s more consumed with the team continuing to improve.
 
“It doesn’t mean a whole lot right now,” Stevens said of being in first place. “The whole idea is to make progress, get better every day and stay in the moment. You do that if you’re in last place trying to build up or whether you’re in a position where you’re fighting for seeding. Ultimately, we’ve been able to grow and get a little bit better. But I still think we can play a lot better. That’s where my focus is.”
 
And the same holds true for his players. Thomas knows how unusual this season has been for the Celtics, who continue finding ways to win despite frequently being short-handed.
 
The latest example of that involves forward Jonas Jerebko, who is questionable for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee because of a sore left knee that limited him in Tuesday’s practice.
 
“It’s a long season. A lot of things can happen whether they be good or bad and we know that,” Thomas said. “We just try to withstand the storm we’ve had a few times this year, and continue to try and stay as positive as possible and we’ve done that. We’re in a good position right now. We just have to continue to take care of business.”
  
And that means steadily improving while piling up the wins, particularly against teams such as the Bucks (37-36), who are among a handful of teams that could potentially be Boston’s first-round opponent.
 
Milwaukee comes in having won 11 of its past 14 games.

“It makes the game that much more important,” said Celtics guard Avery Bradley. “Just like the Miami game. We want to let the teams know now, they go up against us in the playoffs, it’s no mercy. We’re going to play hard. We’re going to bring it every single night. We’re going to play Celtics basketball every single night. Them knowing that, we can scare a lot of teams if we’re playing the right way.”

Jerebko questionable for Wednesday against Bucks

Jerebko questionable for Wednesday against Bucks

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics have spent most of this season playing short-handed and Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee will potentially be another one of those games.
 
Veteran forward Jonas Jerebko has a sore left knee and is considered questionable for the Bucks’ game.
 
“Jonas went through about half of [Tuesday’s] practice,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
 
Jerebko has missed two games this season due to illness.
 
Because of Milwaukee’s length at seemingly every position, Jerebko’s ability to play both forward positions will be something the Celtics will surely miss if he’s unable to play.
 
This season, Jerebko has appeared in 69 games while averaging 3.9 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 35.0 percent on 3’s.