Boston Celtics: 8 Reasons Miami Heat Can't Handle Kevin Garnett
Boston Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett must bring his physicality and championship demeanor to the table in order to have his team defeating the Heat en route to competing for a 2012 NBA championship.
Kevin Garnett has had his way with the Heat and will continue to do so against a weak frontline. Not to mention, no Bosh means Garnett could have that much more of an impact in this 2012 Eastern Conference final.
Whether it's his physicality, experience or particular talent he brings to the table, Garnett will be a major impact player this series.
These are the eight reasons why Kevin Garnett will destroy the Miami Heat throughout this series.
KG Comes to Play Against Miami
This season Garnett has had some of his more impressive performances against the Miami Heat.
In three games against the Heat, Garnett is shooting nearly 58 percent while averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 field goals per contest.
If Garnett can continue to put up this type of production, the Celtics will get their chance at making this series interesting.
A Force Rebounding the Ball
In his last three games Garnett has been on a tear rebounding the basketball.
Over that span, the Big Ticket has posted 34 rebounds. He is attacking the paint with a certain aggression that has been missing since that championship run, as a physical Garnett is exactly what his Celtics need.
When Garnett demands attention cleaning up the glass, a team that struggles with rebounds as do the Celtics, become that much more complete of a team.
A Sure-Fire Double-Double This Postseason
In 14 playoff games in 2012, Garnett has posted a double-double in 10 of them.
There is no doubt that Garnett has elevated his game this postseason, as he had 21 double-double performances the entire regular season and just 28 in the 2010-11 season 82-game season.
If Garnett can continue to do work in the painted area on both ends and post those double-double performances the Celtics should be able to compete with the Heat in each contest.
Too Many Ways to Score the Basketball
A post-up play, turn-around jumper or pick-and-pop with Rajon Rondo are just three of the many ways Garnett finds a way to get shots up and will scorch the Heat in this regard this series.
What makes Garnett a major threat offensively is not necessarily how many points he scores, but just how easily he picks apart a defense to get those shots off.
It has been something to watch this postseason, as the 19.2 points per game are the most since he posted just over 20 in the 2007-08 championship run.
Impressive Playoff Numbers
It is fair to say Garnett has his eyes set on the prize.
Posting his best postseason numbers since the 2007-08 championship run, Garnett looks like a significantly healthier talent that is ready to bring it for Boston on both ends.
After posting just 14.9 points and one block per game last postseason, Garnett is up to 19.2 points and 1.5 blocks. Not to mention, his rebounding has stayed relatively consistent, averaging nearly 11 boards in his 37.1 minutes per contest.
The Experience Factor
As shown by the San Antonio Spurs in the West, experience is a tremendous asset for a team to boast in the postseason, and something Garnett and his Celtics certainly pride themselves in.
Kevin Garnett has been to several Conference Finals in Boston and one in Minnesota, while also boasting an NBA championship.
Having played in these games of great magnitude should translate well against a relatively inexperienced Miami squad.
Whether it's a last-second shot, a must-win Game 7 or key defensive stop down the stretch that these Celtics need, Garnett's experience will help him to deliver when this team needs it most.
Ronny Turiaf, Udonis Haslem Can't Contain Scoring
Both Ronny Turiaf and Udonis Haslem have taken shots at guarding Garnett this series, and as a whole they have been outright unsuccessful.
In the Game 1 Celtics loss, Garnett went 9-for-16 shooting with 23 points, 10 rebounds and just one turnover. From the opening tip-off, Garnett was able to get the shots he wanted and attack the rim. The problem was that it was only Garnett getting anything done offensively.
If the Heat want to close this series out sooner than later, Haslem and Turiaf will have to work on containing Garnett's scoring.
A Headache Against Dwyane Wade and LeBron James
Although James and Wade seem to get by initial defense with ease against Boston, Garnett is able to alter both shots and movement in the paint nearly every defensive possession in which he is in the game.
Just having his hands up and forcing Wade and James into tougher shots is beneficial for these Celtics, and will be a crucial factor in trying to beat this star-studded Heat team.