Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 3/18/13
With the Miami Heat coming to town in the midst of a 22 game winning streak, the Celtics already have the odds stacked against them tonight. And you would think, if Kevin Garnett does indeed miss tonight's game (he's currently a game time decision), those odds would slide to pretty close to zero. After all, KG's importance to the team goes far deeper than his 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. He is the Celtics defensive backbone, and is responsible for not only guarding Chris Bosh, but protecting the rim against Lebron James and Dwyane Wade as well. Figuring this was the case, I decided to take a look at the Celtics/Heat match-ups since 2010-11 (when Lebron took his talents to South Beach) and see what the Celtics looked like, with, and without Garnett on the floor - expecting the numbers to be quite ugly. But they really weren't. Since 2010 the Celtics and Heat have played 22 times, but one of those games, a match-up at the Garden on 4/24/12 is being thrown out, considering both...
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