Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expect to see more Kevin Garnett in Game 3

Celtics coach Doc Rivers says that center Kevin Garnett didn't touch the ball enough early in Boston's Game 2 loss. He says that will be different tonight in Game 3.

Expect to see more Kevin Garnett in Game 3

The Sixers limited Kevin Garnett to 15 points in Game 2 in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)
The Sixers limited Kevin Garnett to 15 points in Game 2 in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Before the Boston Celtics took to the court for shootaround this morning at the Wells Fargo Center, coach Doc Rivers talked to the media about what was most concerning after their Game 2 loss to the Sixers that evened the series at 1-1. Rivers will be looking for more from his star players tonight, particularly Kevin Garnett, who scored 29 in the first game but was limited to 15 on Monday.

"We have to be more aggressive offensively, we have to get to the basket more," said Rivers. "I thought Game 1 and Game 2 we were basically taking jump shots. We shot nine free throws at home (Game 2). That should never happen. We're trying to get Paul (Pierce) to his spots, but we're not sure where those spots are right now. Right now he can't get away from anybody with his leg. We'll look to get more pin downs for him. Usually he can shake the (defender) on his own. We're going to have to use him a lot like Ray (Allen), get him off screens then get him space.

"If (Garnett) gets double-teamed, then other players will get shots. If they don't double-team him, then he'll get shots. Kevin had 18 touches in Game 2, which is a lot, but 13 of them were in the third and fourth quarters. We need an in-out game starting the game, and we didn't do that. We fell in love with the jump shot and we fell in love with our random offense."

Pierce is limited in his mobility as he is suffering from sprained ligaments in his knee. He is obviously hindered by the injury, which won't allow him to make hard cuts to get away from defenders. Andre Iguodala has pretty much owned Pierce on the defensive end in the first two games.

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The key tonight for the Celtics was laid out by Rivers. For the Sixers, they'll still be trying to get out on the fastbreak, getting easy buckets in the open court instead of having to rely on their halfcourt offense, which is anemic.

More to come...

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at and follow him on Twitter.

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