BOSTON — Back in uniform for the first time in more than two weeks, Kevin Garnett was far from at his best on Sunday.
Garnett labored at times against the Wizards, huffing and puffing his way along the court in the first half as the Celtics held a slim four-point lead going into the break. He found a second wind after halftime, going 3-for-4 from the field in the fourth quarter to help the Celtics seal the win, but he admitted after the game that he still needed these final five regular season games to rediscover his rhythm.
Without a doubt, Garnett’s condition — along with the play and health of Paul Pierce — will be the primary factor in whether the Celtics make another long postseason run or suffer a premature exit. But in Garnett’s absence, a few of his previously overshadowed teammates stepped in and offered signs that they may be able to contribute once the Celtics inevitably tighten their rotation for the playoffs.
“I know what we have in here,” Garnett said. “I know who’s wi...