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Why Erik Spoelstra and the Heat still fear Kevin Garnett and the C’s

05.10.11 at 12:04 pm ET
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After Saturday night’s 28-point, 18-rebound performance, Erik Spoelstra called Kevin Garnett the modern-day Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

After his team found a way to hold Garnett to 1-of-10 shooting from the field and seven points in a 98-90 overtime win over the Celtics Monday night, Spoelstra wasn’t about to say he found any miraculous answer. And if he did, he wasn’t about to share it anyway.

‘€œI’€™m not going to say anything about it,” Spoelstra said. “Now he’€™s got 48 hours to gain all his fuel again and fuel him up. I’€™m sure if I actually paid attention, everybody will be saying whatever they will be saying about him.”

Chris Bosh was a big piece of the puzzle on Monday night, so was Joel Anthony, the surprise starter at center for Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

“He’€™s a champion,” Spoelstra said of KG. “I have incredible respect for him. We tried to be active defensively. We tried to not leave people on an island. I anticipate we’€™ll get their best games on Wednesday and we have to be better than that. If we’€™re real about what we want to do, we have to beat the Boston Celtics at their best.’€

All of that is well and good but Doc Rivers knows he has to have more out of KG Wednesday night in Miami if the Celtics have a prayer of chance to bring the series back to the Garden for Game 6 Friday night.

“I don’€™t know,” Rivers responded when asked if Garnett was tentative. “They trapped him a couple of times and I thought he was probably looking more for traps. We have to get him down there more; we tried. So, I don’€™t know. I don’€™t think so. I think he was looking for ‘€“ he was looking to be a passer to me more than being an aggressive scorer. And that was that.’€

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