2012 NBA Playoffs: Kevin Garnett Helps Celtics Hold on for Much-Needed Victory

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IJune 2, 2012

Kevin Garnett.
Kevin Garnett.Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The Boston Celtics knew that they needed some balance from their roster (especially on the offensive end) if they wanted to hold off the high-powered Miami Heat in game 3. Specifically veteran center/forward Kevin Garnett would need to find a way to get easier shot attempts so he could be more of a factor in the paint.

Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo along with Ray Allen had breakout scoring nights in Game 2 but would need Garnett to hit his stride in order to put their best foot forward. Additionally some bench scoring would also help the Celtics since head coach Doc Rivers does not use his entire roster every game.

In Game 1, the Heat just blew out the Celtics with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade hitting on all cylinders. Turnovers were a major concern for the Celtics as that led to fast-break opportunities for Miami which led to easy points.

In Game 2 the Celtics were finally able to control the flow of the game for the first half before the Heat showed signs of life in the third quarter.

Point guard Rajon Rondo showed a glimpse of what his future could be like with his amazing all-around play in the game. He went on to score 44 points to go along with eight rebounds and 10 assists but Garnett (more so) and Allen somewhat struggled shooting.

Despite all of this scoring from Rondo, the Celtics fell to the Heat 111-115 placing them in a 0-2 deficit heading into Boston for Game 3.

In Game 3 the Celtics got a big game from Kevin Garnett who went on to score 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the field. Rondo put up 21 points and 10 assists which have now become a norm while Ray Allen and Paul Pierce combined for 33 points.

The Celtics also got a contribution from Marquis Daniels who put in nine points. This may not appear to be a lot, but along with Keyon Dooling it helped the Celtics spread their offense and not rely on the starters to do all of the scoring.

The Celtics still trail the series 2-1 with Game 4 coming up on Sunday evening in Boston.