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Kevin Garnett gives Celtics chance

Veteran's presence on defense, in locker room makes huge difference

Updated: April 19, 2013, 1:37 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

On the final day of March, after his team had endured a 19-point loss to the New York Knicks -- the second lopsided defeat to their rival in a five-day span -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked if he was leery about the prospects of a Boston-New York playoff series.

"If Kevin doesn't play," Rivers answered.

Yes, everything is different for the Celtics when Kevin Garnett is on the floor. Six seasons after he arrived in Boston and helped deliver the team its 17th ...

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