Garnett slows down, produces late for Celtics

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Garnett slows down, produces late for Celtics

BOSTON With so much energy that he always seems to be on the verge of exploding, it should come as no surprise that Kevin Garnett has to be told to slow down from time to time.

Doc Rivers found himself in desperate need of that energy from Garnett, who responded to Rivers' plea in helping Boston knock off Orlando 116-110 in overtime on Sunday.

Garnett had a game-high 24 points in the win, half of which came in the fourth quarter following a third-quarter collapse by the Celtics that saw their 12-point lead totally wiped out.

"I was on him about slowing down, because there's no one his size," said Rivers, who added that the Magic did a nice job of keeping a body on Garnett, which led him to shoot more quickly than usual.

But when the game was anyone's for the taking, Garnett made sure it was his. All his.

He had 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, providing the kind of steady production down the stretch that was absolutely critical to the Celtics to win and will remain a vital component for future success.

"When he slowed down," Rivers said, "the game changed for us."

Garnett said he had no idea that the Celtics would make him such a priority on offense down the stretch.

"Usually times like (that), Paul (Pierce), Rajon (Rondo), each one gets in another gear," Garnett said. "You could see . . . we had a little lackadaisical presence. Everyone reaches within themselves to try pick it up."

That includes himself, even if not a given that the team will make getting him the ball a priority.

"Some nights they come to me, some nights they don't," Garnett said with a grin. " You have to be ready. (Sunday) I was trying to be as aggressive as I could."

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Report: Jahlil Okafor trade still in 'consideration' for Celtics

Report: Jahlil Okafor trade still in 'consideration' for Celtics

Jahlil Okafor isn't out of the picture for the Boston Celtics.

As the days get closer to the NBA trade deadline, the Celtics are mulling a number of trade options. And the Philadelphia 76ers aren't afraid to shop Okafor, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

"Okafor is kind of still there," Stein said on ESPN's "Mike and Mike". "He's been so out there that you tend to think Philadelphia will find something in the next three days where they move him. I've heard that Boston has still given that some consideration. Chicago's another team that's been said to have shown some Okafor interest."

In his second season in Philadelphia, Okafor has seen a dip in his production after an impressive rookie season. His minutes have dropped from 30 to 23 per game, which explains his points falling from 17.5 to 11.4 per game and his rebounds falling from seven to 4.8 per game. He's shooting roughly the same from the field, however, and has a 51.1 field goal percentage during the 2016-17 season.

Okafor's season has taken a strange turn in recent weeks. The 6-foot-11 center did not travel with the team to face the Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 13 amid trade interest. But Okafor then played with Philadelphia against the Boston Celtics in the ensuing game on Feb. 15.

"You can rest assured Philly's going to spend the next three-plus days trying to find a trade home for Jahlil Okafor because once the prospect of a trade has gone that far it's kind of hard to pretend it didn't happen," Stein said. "But at this point, as we stand, Philadelphia doesn't have an Okafor deal. And obviously another (option in) New Orleans, now that's not going to happen."