Kevin Garnett: No rhythm in Game 1

The man who most personifies the Celtics' heart and soul couldn't get in step

Originally Published: June 4, 2010
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- It was a missed chip shot with the score 91-78 and 5:34 left in the game that told the story. He wasn't himself. This wasn't him. The miss wasn't a choke. He just never had control of the ball.

And there's the story: He never had control. To know Kevin Garnett as a ball player is to know that in situations such as an NBA Finals, he -- more than anyone on the Celtics' squad -- is the one who will seize control. Of the game. Of the entire series.

While ...

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