Friday, February 10, 2012
KG's shot no auspicious pose vs. LA
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- Leave it to Kevin Garnett to be thinking about the downward dog in the middle of a bar fight.
Garnett admitted he might have gotten a little too overzealous during Thursday's 88-87 overtime loss to the rival Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. He finished a mere 6-of-23 shooting from the floor, while chipping in 12 points and 12 rebounds over 35:34.
ESPN Shot ChartA look at Kevin Garnett's shot chart Thursday.
Seventeen misses is rather astounding when you consider that Garnett had missed just 16 shots over four previous games in the month of February. Garnett was 29-of-45 shooting (64 percent) during that span, averaging 17 points per game while aiding Boston's now-snapped five-game winning streak.
On Thursday night, very little Garnett put up would fall. So he was left pondering yoga poses that could have reigned him in a bit.
"In the game, you're reacting, you're not doing too much thinking," he said. "I know myself, I probably rushed a couple things, but I was more than hyped. I should have calmed down. I should have went to a more meditative state, did some yoga on the side or something."
According to ESPN's shot chart, Garnett made only 2-of-12 shots beyond 14 feet, his typically solid mid-range game abandoning him. The Celtics have often encouraged Garnett to be more selfish with the ball, but Rivers admitted he wasn't particularly happy with the shot selection on this night.
Two of Garnett's long misses came in overtime with a chance for Boston to surge ahead in the final minute of the overtime session.
"[The high shot count is] fine at times, if it’s the right spots," said Rivers. "I’ll give him 40 shots on the elbows, short-corner, in the post. Most of them [Thursday] were not just jump shots, they were long jump shots."
Said Garnett: "We've got to be a lot more aggressive to the basket. I thought a lot of the things they were giving us were the 15-, 16-footers."
The poor effort came on the same day that Garnett, for only the second time since his rookie season, missed out on being named an All-Star. The 35-year-old took the news in stride.
"No, no, not at all," Garnett replied when asked if he was disappointed to not be voted in by Eastern Conference coaches. Captain Paul Pierce was the only member of the Celtics voted a reserve.
"The All-Star game is for the privileged... All the first-timers, I'm always proud for them to get the opportunity to go and experience the All-Star festivities. Lord knows, I've had enough. So I get to take a little vacation, see what that's like, and actually rest these bones a little bit. But congratulations to everybody that made it. I'll be watching at home."