With LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trailblazers coming into Boston, The Oregonian posted an interesting article about the matchup: Does Garnett’s style of play, and irritation, bring out the best in Aldridge? Can I quickly dispel this and say no?
According to article, Aldridge has a list of people who really bring out the aggravation in him. Guys like A’mare Stoudemire, Kevin Love and Kendrick Perkins, all western conference foes, have had their moments versus the Blazer’s forward but one guy stands at the top: Kevin Garnett.
“…And I put KG on top, because that’s his persona, to come in and punk you. When I did that to him, it showed him that he couldn’t punk me.”
It’s all good that Aldridge feels that he can hold his own against Garnett, who is more bark than bite according to the article. Aldridge dismissively slapped Garnett in the back of the head after he was elbowed in a game back in December of 2008. He may bring “an edge” to his game but the stats prove otherwise.