The Boston Celtics have defied both the naysayers that say they are the old men of the NBA and the talk on whether or not they can remain relevant in today's NBA. The more the media tries to bury them, the more the path to Eastern Conference supremacy goes through them.
The Miami Heat understand that.
Though the Heat have beaten them in recent postseason play, the Celtics are their most difficult opponent.
You not only have to beat the lads in green—you have to make sure they stay down. Because if Kevin Garnett has one twitch of athleticism left in his body, they will be there.
Like the main characters in the The Expendables 2, this curmudgeon group of Celtics, led by the irrepressible KG, are resourceful and crafty.
They all bring their own unique style and flavor to the team: head coach Doc Rivers runs the program and Kevin Garnett is the executioner. KG may not have the rings like Bill Russell, but his whole approach to the game is Russell-esque.
Like Russell, the only stats that seem to resonate with him are wins, defensive stops and his continued quest for another championship.
From his trademark intensity to his off-season training, KG has had an uncanny knack for holding off Father Time. As a result, he has been able to remain as both the main cog in Boston's offense and its defensive anchor.
Boston has revamped the squad to not only take advantage of Rajon Rondo's quickness, but to also alleviate some of the season's wear and tear on Garnett's body. He is more suited for the running game then the ground-and-pound style of play the Eastern Conference is known for.
This is good, because victory goes to the swift in the modern NBA game.
Garnett will be wearing Celtic green for maybe three more years. I say maybe because if he wins a championship before year three—he will retire.
This season, he will have even more incentive to get to the NBA Finals in year one of his new contract because of his 2012 post all-star break success.
Celtic management has surrounded him with the best supporting cast of his Celtic tenure and is looking to capture lightening in a bottle with their 2013 training camp Euro venture.
Boston’s “anything is possible” boy is an all-star for his team, but unfortunately, his days of playing in the midseason classic are over. Other NBA stars may find it difficult to accept their mortality, KG, however, embraces it and takes it head on. He has learned to tailor his game as his skills diminish.
But there is no drop off in his defensive approach to the game.
Make no mistake KG is the Celtic team in spite of the presence of Paul Pierce and rising star Rajon Rondo.
That is why it was essential that Danny Ainge get KG back into the fold; without him, Boston would be on the level of the Indiana Pacers.
Not a bad place to be—but Boston has never been one to accept mediocrity thanks to KG.