KEVIN GARNETT: I HATE TO LOSE
This was the Kevin Garnett that I once loved. The “Big Ticket.” Truly one of the best power forwards to every play the game. Inside, outside… all around. The best player to ever don a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey (though that’s not saying much). He was humble, respected the game. Now he’s with the enemy, the Boston Celtics. Three years ago, this guy brought some toughness, some hope for the Boston Celtics. First year with his new team, 1 ring. 3rd year, back to the Show. He’s turned that humility into swagger, confidence. Some might say he’s taken it too far with the gangsta attitude. But the only thing that matters right now is the next 7 games. This guy is gonna pose the biggest problem for the Lakers. Ron Artest should be able to contain Paul Pierce. Kobe Bryant should be able to keep Rondo in check. Cancel out Bynum and Perkins (although I actually think Kendrick Perkins is actually a tougher player). But the problem is going to be the PF slot. KG has been playing like he’s 15 again. He’s gonna pull the Spaniard out, kill him from range. Then as soon as Gasol steps out to guard him, Garnett’s gonna put in on the ground and go past him. He can also post up Gasol and is a bjillion times tougher and more intense than Gasol. This series isn’t about flashy. This is gonna be a dirty series, a bloody knuckles series. I’m hoping I see a new Gasol this series. I’m hoping that the Lakers give Pau a chance to establish himself against KG. Maybe even throw it down on the ticket. Because if you don’t punch the bully in the mouth, he’s gonna take your lunch money. And in this case, this lunch money’s worth about a year’s worth of bragging rights and something blingy for your ring finger. And if the Lakers don’t pull it out, I’m gonna be seeing nightmares of this guy’s mug for the next year.
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