Kevin Garnett's "Bows" Have Brought Back the Old Boston Celtics

Chase RuttigCorrespondent IApril 19, 2010

BOSTON - APRIL 17:  Rajon Rondo #9 and Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics get into it with Quentin Richardson #5, Udonis Haslem #40 and Mario Chalmers #6 of the Miami Heat during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at the TD Garden on April 17, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. Garnett was given a double technical foul on the incident. The Celtics defeated the Heat 85-76.   (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Boston Celtics entered their first round matchup with the Miami Heat with the feeling of death looming over the Celtics faithful.

There was a fear that "The Big Three" were dying, and that their time as one of the game's elite teams was fading away with their team's voice, Kevin Garnett, and his health.

But despite being unable to provide the offensive spark that he once was guaranteed to give night in and night out, KG proved that he is still extremely valuable to the Celtics.

On Saturday night he provided the moment that I believe is the turning point in the Celtics season.

During a scuffle after Quentin Richardson pushed Paul Pierce out of bounds, Garnett showed that the Celtics will not back down and will not be pushed around. There is videotape of Garnett hitting Richardson with elbows during the scuffle. The Celtics were winning the game at that point, but after the game you could hear and see the signs that they had awoken.

Garnett and Richardson have gone back and forth in the media following the incident, and it looks like this series may be a trip down memory lane to the 1990s, when at least once a year an incident like this took place.

Richardson has been blasting the Celtics in the media saying, "I was trying to get over there to take the ball out of bounds and [Garnett] started to talk to me, so I talked back.

"I don't have any business talking to him, he was on the ground crying. I don't know what was going on, two actresses over there, that's what they are.

"I just get surprised by people's actions when I know them better than that. They're not those characters they portray. They're not who they say they are, Garnett and Pierce. They're good basketball players and that's about it.

"I said to Jermaine, he's OK because I knew nobody touched him," added Richardson. "Is he taking another break like he does so many times? Sometimes he falls like he's about to be out for the season and then he gets right up, that's all I said.

"I don't like them, and they know it."

Big words to say to two of the game's most cerebral players. The Celtics are angry and focused. If they can come through in Game Two without KG (which means Rasheed Wallace would have played a great game), then the Celtics may just be thrust back into contender status.

This series has many unanswered questions, but one thing is certain: The Celtics won't be sleep walking through this playoff series.

Get your popcorn ready; it is going to be a hell of a show.


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