Kevin Garnett: Celtics didn’t reach their potential
|05.16.11 at 1:21 pm ET|
Kevin Garnett was the only member of the Celtics’ Big Four not to address the media following the team’s meltdown in a Game 5 loss to the Heat that effectively ended the 2010-11 NBA season in Boston last week. Now, five days later, Garnett addressed the C’s demise in his Anta blog. Here’s the entry …
As you know, we were knocked out of the playoffs by Miami. It’s unfortunate that we are out and in my mind didn’t reach our potential. Taking the last couple of days to think about things and the season was long. Their were ups and downs all season and dealing with teammates, leaving teammates, gaining teammates. Long hours, flights, practices, workouts, etc. Another season under my belt, but not satisfying. I’ll be getting back to the “lab” (workouts and court work) to work on my craft, so I can keep improving. I will be working on my skills and constantly trying to get better.
Quick shout out to my man [Shaquille O'Neal], who is the best. He worked hard all season, but couldn’t get his Achilles right.
Amazing to think that I was playing with so many potential HOF (Hall of Famers). I will remember these times, on and off the court. This will be a memorable season!!!
Thank you all so much for your constant support and encouragement throughout the season. Hanging in with us through the ups and downs of the season. Your support gets me through and pushes me to be better. I will be back in China some time in July or August, so stay tuned. I met so many of you all last summer that it will be exciting to meet more.
Keep reaching higher and thanks to all my supporters.
my 2011 season is officially over.
Garnett averaged 14.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting, 10.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks in the five-game series against the Heat. Of course, those numbers are skewed by his epic 28-point, 18-rebound performance in the Celtics’ lone win of the series, in Game 3.
“I thought Kevin gave so much in Game 3,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told WEEI’s John Dennis and Gerry Callahan on Monday morning. “I never thought he could ever get that energy back. You could see it. And there was not a lot we could do about it. But we needed him on the floor, obviously.”
Garnett averaged 14.9 points on 52.8 percent shooting, 8.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks during the regular season. His 31.3 minutes per game this year were his highest average since his first season in Boston. Rivers hinted that the Celtics could adjust Garnett’s rotations next season. The team’s all-star power forward has generally played two eight-minute stints in each half, but next year he could play three five-minute increments per half — dropping his minutes average to about 29-30 in 2011-12.
“I think substituting him that way will keep him fresher longer,” said Rivers. “I thought the longer minutes, even six, seven, eight minutes in a row, over the year caught up to him. So, I want to change that.”