Garnett: 'Im focused on this year'

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Garnett: 'Im focused on this year'

WALTHAM -- With 16 years of experience behind him and only the current season left on his contract, Kevin Garnett is looking at just one thing -- the here and now.

Im focused on this year and this year only, he said following practice on Saturday. Ill make other decisions later.

Garnett, 35, returned to Boston poised to make another title run. With Ray Allens contract also expiring after this season, there is a chance this could be the Big Threes last go-around together. The window of opportunity has been a recurring theme for this veteran team over the past few seasons, and this time is no different.

Unfortunately that is the mindset, Garnett said. No one knows the certainty of the future, so I think were embracing this year as all out.

After an early exit to the Miami Heat last season, Garnett and the Cs dont want to go home early again.

He likes the additions the Celtics have already made this season, noting Keyon Dooling, Brandon Bass, and the re-signing of Jeff Green. He believes there are outside factors involved in winning, such as chemistry, injuries, and scheduling, but that the Celtics are all determined to win a title.

We come in motivated. Its what it is, he said. We know our core, we know who we are. We come in here and at this point were just trying to get ready for the season. Last year was last year, and it was definitely a motivating factor coming in. But like I said, it dont take much to motivate this team, the guys on here.
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Garnett stays focused on his game and doesnt get wrapped up in trade rumors and speculation involving his teammates or other players around the NBA.

I think this whole league is in a bunch of uncertainty at this point, he said. I fall in line with that. A lot of people here, both in the office and the players, dont know what it is. So we sit around and we just wait.

One thing Garnett wont wait on is helping his team. Doc Rivers said the Celtics will look for him to be more aggressive on offense, a call he will likely respond to.

The NBA lockout did, after all, afford him one benefit as he enters this season.

Rest, Garnett said. Rest is always good. For yall who dont like to take naps, take your naps.

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known. 

He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.

“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.

“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”

More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.

"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.