Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  40 responses

Kevin Garnett Looking to Slow Antawn Jamison

It’s one of the key matchups in the Celtics/Cavs series, with KG hoping to do to Jamison what he did to Michael Beasley in the previous series. From the Boston Globe: “The Miami players believed Beasley could exploit Garnett with his athleticism and ability to take the slower Garnett off the dribble. But that advantage never materialized, and during stretches of Game 4, Garnett looked dominant and Rivers allowed him to log a season-high 37 minutes as he aided the Celtics’ rally. In Tuesday’s fourth quarter, Garnett canned two jumpers during a 6-0 run that increased the Celtics’ lead to an insurmountable 12. After the second shot, Garnett sprinted down the floor, pumping his arms slightly as if he had just crossed a major hurdle of his resurrection. He would much rather discuss team defense or laud his teammates for their efforts in the Miami series, but his offensive improvement will be an issue against Cleveland. Jamison is going to have to come out and guard Garnett as he stands 18 feet from the basket. And the Cavaliers may have to double when Garnett gathers a Rajon Rondo pass in the post and ponders his next move. That may not have occurred even three months ago. But that confidence is there and Garnett, silently, will look to exploit his matchup with Jamison, just as he did with Beasley. ‘I wasn’t even focusing on how I was scoring the ball, my focus was on Beasley and Haslem and now it’s on Jamison,’ he said. ‘It should be a good matchup. I have a lot of respect for what ‘Twan’ has done in this league.’’’

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  • Sparker

    the old kg might have stepped out to guard lebron for key stretches. the fact that this now sounds ludicrous may be the real story here

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Who’s going to slow Lebron?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    My official prediction:
    Wake up in the morning feeling like LeBron
    Grab my team, I’m out the court, I see my boy Antawn
    Before I pass, set a screen, I see toughness they lack
    Cause when I pass it to Shaq the ball’s not coming back
    I’m talking dunking on these hoes, hoes
    Trying to throw some bows, bows
    Cavs blowing up the stats, stats
    Damn Big Baby’s fat, fat
    Pulling up for a sweet J
    Trying to make Pierce seem g@y
    Don’t stop, make ‘em drop
    Cleveland blow this team out
    Tonight we gonna fight
    Til we see their hair white
    Tick tock on the shot clock
    But the bastards don’t stop b!tching, no
    “Ohhh oh oh oh ooohh! oh oh oh ooooh!”

  • Flight

    Anton’s tick tock > Kesha’s tick tock. But for real whores get it going when that track hits the clubs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Shortening this headline would’ve made it more accurate:
    “Garnett Looking Slow”

  • http://wrwood1@aol.com WOODY

    Or how about, “Jamison Looking at Slow Garnett”.

  • jdubbs29

    The last time Jamison guarded anybody Lebron was still in grade school.

  • BostonBaller

    tick tock time will tell, be glad the Cavs are smarter than the fans who’s head did swell. Before the tap fans are throw’n verbal bows, and KG age may show but he’s still able to close. Don’t sleep on P Double I’ll tell you the Truth, when he gets in a groove you’ll ask Shaq to go into a phone booth…to change into the man of steel because he knows Paul & Ray are the real deal. No one can stop LeBron but yes he can be slowed down and I bet KG does go out to cover him as his chest he pounds. It’s corny but original…stop sampling. hahaha. Don’t underestimate the old timers and don’t forget that the Cavs are supposed to win the 1st 2 at home but will they?

  • http://www.witnesstheking.blogspot.com Witness

    Its just incredible how the Boston Globe Managed to forget about the Celtics are gonna not have to worry about Jamison as much and worry about that guy LeBron. Garnett is not gonna be a determing factor in the series.

  • BostonBaller

    I bet most were reading the article waiting to hear KG say something negative so they could jump all over him for it. lol. since that didn’t happen I guess his age is the next best thing….Jamison has been around for a while too, along w/ Shaq & Z. We just have more senior citizens than the Cavs: KG, PP, Ray, Finley & Sheed.

  • BostonBaller

    witness, what article are you talking about? Everything I’ve read is about Cleveland not being a one man show and how The C’s have to be ready for all the other players as well as LBJ. I may have missed it b/c i don’t check the Boston & Cleveland papers looking for something to complain about. As usual I want to see a 7 game series. Let the games begin!!!

  • T-Money

    Cavs doubling down on Garnett? Is this 2003?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    2,000 points each for Farmer and Anton.

  • jorge

    Watch out with the odor because Garnett raises his hand everytime he gets dunked on instead of actually trying to block the shot. Kind of saying, “It’s my fault”…..well be prepared to have the arena in Ohio fumigated because it’s going to stink bad.

  • jdn41

    i agree with bostonballer i was looking for him to do some some trash talking kind of disappointed he didn’t its the playoffs add some flare and sizzle to the games

  • vtrobot

    kg is nothing if not a respectful gentleman. ha ha. F U haters. cavs going down. it’s time for their regular, unfortunately early exit.

  • BostonBaller

    I was actually glad he didn’t say anything negative b/c it would have taken on a life of its own. I hope this means he is focused and that Sheed follows suit.

  • JD

    ELbow him KG! u can do it!

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    This will be a crazy series. But, magic will pummel whomever wins

  • RayRay20

    I’m going to tell you guys this early so you’ll see tomorrow.. KG is going to BULLY AJ…

    celtics taking this… and who is going to chase ray off screens the entire sereis, west? lmao

  • LA Huey

    Shutting down SuperCoolBeas is different from Antawn. One doesn’t literally “shake-and-bake”

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Someone get Anton a spot on this site.

  • RayRay20

    ^^ lol

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Anton for SLAMONLINE MVP.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Maybe this sounds silly, but shouldn’t the Globe be worrying about how Garnett will slow down Jamison from 12-22 feet?!
    Sh*t, if I’m the Cavaliers, Antawn is getting the ball anytime LeBron isn’t exploiting whoever is guarding him. Garnett’s explosiveness is gone, so is his lateral quickness.
    The Heat didn’t have the perimeter shooting (on the series) to draw the defence out from the interior, which was part of the reason Wade couldn’t slice inside/create as much as he needs to for the Heat to get good looks.
    “Funnily” enough, when Wade’s team-mates (Q, Beas & Chalmers) hit open shots, Wade could create/score (46) etc etc etc.
    I don’t see the same thing happening with the Cavaliers. They’ve got better perimeter shooters than the Heat overall, and a dominant bigman who can push Perkins around inside.

  • BostonBaller

    I believe their was mention that the bigs for Cleveland could stretch the defense and someone on the C’s mentioned trying to get out to the jump shooters. Actually the Globe doesn’t have to worry about any of this stuff, it’s The C’s who have to deal with it on the court and I’m sure they are well aware of what is coming. Have you read any Ohio papers? hhhmmmm.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ The Promise

    If the Celtics want to take the series, in my opinion, Ray Allen is the key. If he shoots the ball well, its really hard to key on Pierce or Garnett. If he goes cold, they have no chance. He can’t fade like he does some games. And Pierce has to play the way he has in the playoffs, and they have to find a way to at least slow James down. Their best bet is probably make him a jumpshooter, but the way he’s been shooting lately, that might not even work. Gonna be a really hard fought series, I’ll say Cavs in 7.

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    I hope they both lose this round. It’s going to be one ugly series. what’s the over/under for ejections?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ I agree, the Celts are not winning this game with their forwards. The key for the Celtics is their backcourt play; Rajon Rondo especially, as well as Ray Allen can both exploit the weaker Cavs’ guards.
    Also, Perkins needs to get mean with Shaq.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t see a single position where the Celtics have a real advantage.
    Rondo/Nate Vs. Delonte/Mo= push
    Ray/Tony/Marquis vs Jamario/Anthony=push
    Pierce vs Bron= Cavs
    Garnet vs Jamison = push
    Perkins vs Shaq = push.
    Before, the Celtics had clear a clear advantage at the two and four. No longer.
    Cleveland wins fairly handily.

  • BostonBaller

    PG: Rondo over Mo Williams (Rondo will not shrink if Mo is having a great game but Mo may shrink if Rondo is having one.)
    SG Ray over Anthony Parker (Don’t sleep on Parkers game)
    C Perk v Shaq (The Hulk vs Superman 1 : which Shaq shows up & which Perk shows up, Will Shaq look slow or confident? Will Perk be strong or foul plagued? The bench Bigs could decide this one)
    PF KG vs Jamison (Again it depends on which KG shows up and if he can sustain it all series. Slight edge to Jamison on this one until KG proves otherwise)
    SF LBJ over PP (This was easy but this one is interesting b/c PDouble will not shrink even though LBJ will do his thing
    The Bench: Pick em
    G Delonte West, G/F Jamario Moon, F/C J.J. Hickson, F/C Anderson Varejao, G/F Jawad Williams, F/C Zydrunas Ilgauskas vs G/F Tony Allen, F/C Glen Davis, F/C Rasheed Wallace, G Michael Finley, G Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels (This is just one mans opinion.

  • ai come back

    mo williams like most point guards it seems should be playing the 2 but his court vision gives him enough advantage as well as the fact that the cavs need someone at point gives him the job. mos shot is terrific and for a guard he can post up well, fortunatley rondos only a perimeter defnder but rondos a pure point and can kill him thats a toss up even though rondos CONSIDERED better i mean honestly the real star oft he celtics is eitehr the truth or rondo…. shooting guards goes to the celtics………….lebron vs the truth is so obvious-and then antawn vs kg is a push like allenp said ……….center is obviously shaq i mean if u asked me if joakim or perkins its joakim but when shaq was playing joakim was getting killed nobody stops shaq in the paint..in the end its not the matchuups that determine a game unless the matchups are seriously sick….the flow of the game is what deteremines it lol yall already knew that

  • Dtown

    What did i say… it’s half time now and KG is giving Antawn BUCKETS!!!shame on those who thought AJ would do any damage.. Mo can’t guard rondo if his life depended on it.. West is having a nice game SO FAR.. and Ray hasn’t got many touches still has 6.. when he gets hot it’s a wrap… and perk drew first blood lol..

  • MikeC.

    There were some grammar errors in the headline, it should have been written as: “Kevin Garnett looking too slow” – Antawn Jamison

  • Dtown

    ^Fail.. are you watching the same game we are? lmao

  • Dtown

    now.. even though the Lebrons won.. I was still correct about the match up between KG and antawn.. smh dam* it celtics..

  • Yesse

    I think Celtics should worry about slowing down LeBron.

  • BostonBaller

    hhhhmmmm, I guess for a Celtic lover my pre game analysis were pretty good this time. lol. Good game, bad result for us.

  • clos1881

    Two things are clear to me after the first game. KG is looking like KG, and the Cavs don’t have a answer for Rondo. Celtics have a great chance to win this series.

  • riggs

    @allenp:ray allen a push with parker and moon? WHAT?!? id take an old ray ray over both of them any day.