Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 5/17/12

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1:  So much KG

Kevin Garnett has been in the league 17 years.  Anfernee Hardaway and Vin Baker were All Stars when he broke into the league.  John Stockton & Karl Malone were still playing.  I think you get the point.  KG's been around a while.

Keep that in mind if you catch highlights of Kevin Garnett decimating the young Philadelphia 76'ers with a barrage of jumpers and post moves in a 107-91 win.  A game after essentially ending any hopes of a Celtics comeback with a costly offensive foul, Garnett torched Philly with 13 of Boston's 36 second quarter points.  It's very possible Spencer Hawes woke up in a cold sweat yelling "NO PLEASE NO MORE KG!"

The Celtics got 74 points out of KG, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce.  After scoring 24 points combined in the two middle quarters in Game 2, the Celtics scored 61 (to Philly's 33) to put the game away.  I'm not sure we can expect this level of domination from Boston moving forward (they're usually only good for one of these per series), but they sure served notice last night that they can turn it on if they want to.

2:  Not enough Kobe

Kobe Bryant hasn't played particularly well against the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Thabo Sefolosha does a pretty good job of making Kobe Bryant work as hard as possible for the shots and points he gets.  Last night, Kobe made some uncharacteristic mistakes down the stretch, which helped fuel a 9-0 Oklahoma City run to end the game... and beat LA 77-75

Kobe's last points came with 6:43 left in the game.  After that, there were four missed shots, a foul, and a turnover.  Kobe was trying to will himself a chance to beat the Thunder with the clock ticking down, but a brilliantly timed foul by Sefolosha re-set the play and Kobe never touched it again.  Instead, with the Thunder's focus completely on not letting Kobe do Kobe things again, Steve Blake got a wide open look from the corner that missed.  

Now the Lakers are down 2-0 and face a worst-case scenario:  After letting Denver hang around to 7 games, the weary Lakers MUST take back-to-back games from the well-rested and young Thunder to have a realistic chance at winning the series.  Losing even one of these games and going down 3-1 with two more games still to play would be certain playoff death for LA. 

3:  HIGHLIGHTS!!!

How the hell did Kevin Durant make this shot?

 

Rajon Rondo the sweet dime to Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce... still young enough to put you on a poster

4:  Line of the Night:  Rajon Rondo:  23 points, 14 assists, 1 turnover

Rajon Rondo set the tone early in Game 3, showing an aggression that hadn't been there in the first two games.  And while Kevin Garnett has been the C's primary scorer and Paul Pierce is always capable of having a big night, a big game from Rajon Rondo just makes life easier for the Celtics.  Doc Rivers said after the game that when Rondo is having a game like that, it just opens everything up for the rest of his teammates. 

Rondo had 17 first half points, and then used the openings created by Philly's reaction to his scoring to set up his teammates the rest of the way.  

5:  You can quote me on that

“I really believe we needed this game.  I thought we responded well tonight. It wasn’t just me. It was everyone. We all were pretty focused today in shootaround. Obviously we had two close games at home. We wanted to show these guys – send a message tonight -- and I think we did a pretty good job of that.”
     -Rondo, on responding to the Game 2 loss 

"Blake was wide open. We didn't have any timeouts left and he got a clean look, a really good look.  He can knock that down."
     -Ron Artest, on finding Steve Blake for a last second 3 pointer 

[follow]

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, No. 7 pick

Top 10 takeaways from the 2017 NBA Draft

John Calipari thinks the one-and-done system is working just fine

Luke Walton responds to LaVar Ball saying Lonzo will lead Lakers to playoffs

Report: Spurs, Cavs trade talks now include LaMarcus Aldridge

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LaVar Ball says ‘Zeus and Jesus’ told him Lonzo would go to Lakers

Cavs are reportedly talking about a trade for Danny Green with Spurs

Kings reportedly showing major interest in Andre Drummond

WATCH: George Springer exits game after HBP

Chiefs part ways with GM John Dorsey

Oilers, Islanders swap Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

It’s quarterback contract silly season, starting with Derek Carr

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

2017 NBA Mock Draft

Box Score 6/22: Emotion-filled Knight for Pens fans, Preds fans... and Knicks fans

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'Golden Knights will begin with a Fleury of activity' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Ricky Davis Award for most irrationally confident shooter

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

Which vets the Vegas Golden Knights should build around

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

It’s quarterback contract silly season, starting with Derek Carr

The 'Golden Knights will begin with a Fleury of activity' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Ricky Davis Award for most irrationally confident shooter

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

Which vets the Vegas Golden Knights should build around

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker