Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 12:00 pm  |  26 responses

Kevin Garnett’s Disappearing Act in Game 4

The dominant KG from Game 3 was nowhere to be found last night in Boston, as he struggled mightily on the offensive end, and could not stop Chris Bosh defensively. From ESPN: “Forty-eight hours after delivering a Back to the Future special (28 points, 18 rebounds, his best game of the 2011 playoffs by far), the ‘Big Ticket’ pretty much came up punchless in the Celtics’ 98-90 overtime Game 4 loss to Miami, dropping them into a 3-1 hole in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was almost Dickensian in its drop-off: the best of times to the worst of times. Two nights earlier, he had played a game that had Miami coach Erik Spoelstra comparing him to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After Game 4, Spoelstra went into coach-speak mode, calling Garnett ‘a champion,’ and would not admit to the obvious, other than to say, ‘He had one of those nights.’ He sure did. Even more humbling for Garnett, he got outplayed by the heretofore Heat cipher, Chris Bosh, whom he dismissed postgame by saying, ‘Next question,’ when asked about the Miami forward’s game. For the record, Bosh had 20 points, 12 rebounds and a gigantic tip-in basket with 24.2 seconds left in OT that gave the Heat a 95-90 lead. Garnett finished with seven points, the second game in this series in which he has scored fewer than 10 points. He had six in the series-opening loss in Miami. He bricked his final nine shots after making his first, and only, basket of the game, a 20-foot jumper with 5:15 left in the first quarter. He did grab 10 rebounds in his 41-plus minutes, all off the defensive glass.”

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  • Fat Lever

    Well, that didn’t go as planned.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Like a Bosh!

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    At least he can make Glen Davis cry a lot

  • Fat Lever

    Walt, Big Baby probably cries when the Hamburgler gets caught stealing burgers, so not sure that’s saying much.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl


  • JoeMaMa

    @Fat: You’re way off. Big Baby cheers. More burgers available.

  • hoodsnake

    Kevin Garnett- The Vanilla Ice of big men.

  • Heals

    So did he disappear or come up short? Call it what you will, but he took shots. Bosh on the other hand wouldn’t attempt to shoot (Gm3). I don’t see how they are one in the same…

  • spit hot fiyah

    @max that needs to be incorporated into every post

  • spit hot fiyah

    at least if there is the slightest mention of bosh

  • Dagger

    KG’s an old man. Some nights old players will feel young, others they’ll feel their age. Personally I’m surprised Boston’s window stayed open as long as it did after the KG/Allen makeover.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 Dfrance21

    They should have the opposite of the NBDL and call it the NBRL, the NBA Retirement league and just have all the former superstars that can’t cut it anymore play there. All games televised on ESPN classic, 10 minute quarters with running time, unlimited time outs and subs on the fly like in hockey. The league can be sponsored by the blue pill, dos equis and icy hot.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    aaaahahah i LOL’d @ fat lever

  • Anonymosdef

    Dfrance FTW. MJ would avg. 50

  • W.Mack

    As a long time KG fan, man it hurts to watch that guy lumber up & down the court. Some people just have that clutch gene (MJ, Magic, Bird, Kobe, Wade). Garnett, unfortunately, wasn’t blessed with that. Even during his MVP campaign when he was putting up close to 30 a night, he had some hired assassins in Cassell and Sprewell to bail him out and take the final shots in the clutch. And even though his knees are milky these days, watching him struggle to hit uncontested hook shots from 5 ft, it has nothing to do with technique at this point. It’s all in his head. I watched him as he sat at the beginning of the 4th quarter. That monkey that he thought he’d shaken the championship year had jumped right back on him. He sat on the bench with his head down with no interest in the game. He checked out. He still went balls out on defense. But he wanted no parts of that rock last night.

  • BostonBaller

    Don’t get it twisted in any area. KG can still ball and if you don’t lie to yourself most of you would take him over at least one of your big men right now. He looked tired last night but that happens..Don’t put him out to pasteur just yet. lol. It’s still not over until that 4th loss and that’s not a given

  • S_kemp

    he’s gonna come into game 4 with the intensity of a psychopath.Celtics in 7

  • logues

    ^too bad game 4 is over and the celtics lost

  • http://www.englishman.com englishman

    @ W mak kg never put up anything close to 30 a night he averaged 24 as a career high. KG just tends to lose his intensity when he aint picking fights with small european guards. Hes had his day as has TD he should just age gracefullly (like TD) and not talk so much trash as he cant back it up so much like he used to!

  • http://slamonline.com JJAkroyd

    Am I the only one that really wants @Dfrance’s idea to go ahead? It would be classic. Plus I’ve always wanted a game-worn Barkley XXXXXXXL jersey.

  • Ronald

    Hmm, hasn’t KG been dominated by 3 of the 4 games they’ve played? God, I do feel sorry for Bosh. He gets so much grief for one bad game and KG gets a get out jail free card.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @ WMack
    Kobe aint clutch, he choked in the clutch his entire life except for last year.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Wow Kobe isnt clutch? Wowwwwwwww and cosign Ronald

  • Sparker

    he actually played very well against bosh at the d end. bosh had some points, and yes, that one tip; but bosh was not in his natural rhythm and was in no way shape or form playing his usual offensive game (the regular spot up jumper at the elbow, the occasional drive down the middle). basically, bosh got smart and tried to do less, and it worked out for him, but he still looks daunted out there. if i had to guess, i’d say the real reason bosh did better was because the celts realized that they were going to have to devote SOME attention to joel anthony. garnett was even making space for himself nicely at the offensive end. he just couldn’t hit a shot to save his life after about midway through the 3rd quarter… in spite of his monk-like moments of focus on the bench

  • giogolo

    ^ co-sign spark.

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    dfrance for the megawin!!!!!!! sheed would……do sheed things. all would be cosmic.