BOSTON Celtics forward Kevin Garnett likes to think building a championship basketball team is kind of like baking a cake.
First you take your ingredients your well-known standbys, as well as a few bold new flavors and you mix them together. What you initially get doesn't look like much, and it isn't something that's ready to serve, but if you sneak a taste and you've followed the directions, you'll know you're on the right track.
That was the Celtics after the All-Star break, when a disastrous first half gave way to a resurgent final two months and Boston started to jell, showing flashes of potential that left some thinking they could be a dangerous team once the postseason got started.
"It's not just going to come out in the first two minutes; you've got to wait on it," Garnett said as he drew comparisons between cake and basketball after his team's 101-79 rout of the Atlanta Hawks Sunday at TD Garden. "You have to give it time to be what it's going to be."
Now Boston has s...