KG still a difference-maker

His defensive dominance, intensity and smarts make him critical to C's success

Updated: October 25, 2012, 10:38 AM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

In the 2012 playoffs, the Celtics outscored their opponents by nearly nine points per 48 minutes when Kevin Garnett was on the floor. When he was on the bench, the Celtics were outscored by an astonishing 23.8 points per game.

Yes, the Big Ticket still makes a big difference.

Entering his 18th NBA season, Garnett's presence again looms large for the 2012-13 Celtics. He will again be called upon to anchor the defense, to be an outlet for Rajon Rondo's kickout passes, ...

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