Kevin Garnett has a way of getting under his opponent's skin. It is part of his psychological warfare on his opponents. It has what has made him great and what has made him hated.
Ivan Johnson became a household name (sort of) after a big game on national TV. The TNT crew loved his tenacity and grit and the energy he brought to the game. Johnson is not someone who is going to score very many points, but, like Garnett in a lot of ways, he is not going to back down from anyone. And he is going to bring a lot of energy for his team.
Both Garnett and Johnson have reputations. It is what dominated the conversation on TNT before the game. Would Kevin Garnett get under the temperamental and volatile Johnson's skin? To which Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith retorted, you don't mess with "Ivan the Terrible."
So far, the two players seem to have reached a detente before Tuesday night's Game Two. But Johnson is completely aware of Garnett's tactic and what he is...