Within the final four minutes of the game, Kevin Garnett went to the stripe twice with the Celtics trailing by two. He made 1 of 4 tries. After Kobe sunk two free throws, KG juuuust missed a tip-in off of a Ray Allen missed lay-up. For the League’s most competitive madman, those missed opportunities are reason to shoulder the blame for the entire loss.
“It was trash,” Garnett said. “I played like garbage tonight. I can do better and I will.”
“Those are free throws I know I can hit,” he said. “But I’ll take them again if you put me in that situation. I’ll have the confidence to knock them down.”
Aside from a two-possession clip late in the first quarter when he dropped in a 7-foot hook shot followed by a spinning drive for a lay-up literally on Pau Gasol, Garnett was nowhere to be found offensively. That was partially due to the ultra-chippy fouls that he committed. Even if the baseline official totally blew the call when KG stripped Gasol going up for a jumper, Ticket shouldn’t have given the ref any opportunity to whistle him for his third foul midway through the second quarter.
Being in foul trouble didn’t stop him from playing aggressive D, but it did cramp his offensive game.
“I could never really get into a rhythm,” Garnett said. “I was playing on my heels the whole night.”