Kevin Garnett was not at his best in Game 1 against the Knicks Saturday.
Garnett finished with eight points and nine rebounds in just under 37 minutes, but had more fouls (5) than shots made (4) and shot 4-12 from the field. With the bench only scoring four points in the game, Garnett needed to be on point if the Celtics wanted to steal game one.
The reason for Garnett's sluggishness could be because he hardly played the last month of the season or it could be the reason why he missed so much time, his bone spur in his ankle. Whatever the explanation, the Celtics aren't making excuses, they are planning on how to best utilize the Big Ticket against the undersized Knicks.
The quotes are from Brian Mahoney with the AP:
We've got to involve him more and there’s a better way to do it than the way we did it," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "And there’s certain things that he didn’t do, either. We've just got to do a better job of it."
"We know we've got to play through Kevin a lot ...