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Kevin Garnett walked on the TD Garden hardwood on a surgically repaired knee, and played his first real NBA game (though, is the preseason even real?) in Boston since a March 23 win over the Clippers. Judging by the looks of things, KG is sure glad to be back.
With the entire active roster for both teams playing in the game, the Celtics truly proved they are a better team than the Knicks top to bottom (who didn’t think that, anyway) after a 96-82 win. Garnett scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards in his 22 minutes on the floor.
Rasheed Wallace made his TD Garden debut as a member of the Green and impressed with the game’s only double-double. He scored 13 points on 5-12 shooting, and grabbed 12 rebounds. He shot 3-9 from beyond the arc, showing that he can help the squad stretch the floor, especially considering he’s 6-11.
Rajon Rondo finished a pretty ineffective game with just six points (3-7 shooting), three assists, and two steals. He was limited by five personal fouls, so that didn’t help. He’ll be fine this season as he tries to prove to Danny Ainge — and the NBA — that he’s absolutely worth that max contract he’s been seeking.
The Knicks were led by Al Harrington (13 points, four rebounds) and David Lee (13 points, six rebounds), but really didn’t have much of a chance after scoring only eight points in the first quarter. Expect the Knicks to just play out the schedule while they wait for the summer free agent frenzy of 2010. LeBron James will be a free agent, and Knicks are expected to make a huge push for him. Yeah, we’ll see about that.
The Celtics next host the New Jersey Nets (the other team vying for LeBron’s services) on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.