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After practice Wednesday, Kevin Garnett addressed the media, answering specific questions about his knee. As you may remember, KG missed much of the second half last season and the entire playoffs due to bone spurs in his knee.
Without Garnett, the Celtics limped through the first round against the Bulls before getting knocked out in Game 7 of the second round against the Magic. With a healthy Garnett, many felt (including yours truly) the Celtics could take on and defeat the might Cavs (just like Orlando did) and give the Lakers a run for their money in the NBA Finals.
The following is a portion of the interview, as seen on Boston.com:
“It’s just certain, not necessarily that I can’t do or whatever, just from power and strength and not having the options to play, is my only difficulty. You see when I sprint I can’t get out and (makes the sound of a speeding car) like I really want to but each day I can honestly say I am getting better and better. 85 percent, 90 percent is pretty accurate. Probably most excited and most uplifting for me is on defense, where I am able to move laterally and recover.
“When a guy makes a strong move, I can respond to that and react to that as opposed to in the past I would have had some problems, I would have reached. For the most part I can move around laterally and defensively better than anything. Offense is just about mixing up schemes and getting people off balance, it will come. Like I said man, I said with a laugh or smiling face yesterday was that strengthening, conditioning of the leg, that’s what I am speaking on, not my whole body, is going to take patience on my part. I take it to the limit and I push a little bit past the limit until (trainer) Ed (Lacerte) gives me the daddy look like he wants to kill me or something.
“For the most part, it’s going positive man.”