Kevin Garnett Is Out Until The Playoffs, Can The Celtics Still Win It All?

With Kevin Garnett's Health In Question, Do The Celtics Still Have A Shot?

4/2/09 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

The Celtics have decided to shelf Kevin Garnett possibly for the remainder of the regular season, due to a nagging knee injury that just won't seem to go away. Some season ticket holders are upset that the team didn't announce this until right after the deposits for playoff tickets were due, but the fact is that the team didn't really know until recently, and they still don't know for sure how much more time Garnett is going to miss.

Does this make the Cavaliers the favorite to win the East? They're already in the enviable position of having the first seed in the East, which means home court advantage through the Conference Finals, and that means more in the NBA than anywhere else.

The Celtics, on the other hand, are battling with Orlando for the #2 seed, which is also pivotal, since that would determine home court advantage in the matchup between those two teams, when they almost inevitably meet in the second round.

The Celtics desperately need to hold on to the #2 seed, because their performance at home is significantly better than it is on the road, and it could prove to be the difference between a trip to the Conference Finals and a loss to Orlando in the 2nd round.

Last year, they won the NBA Championship with a 3-9 playoff record on the road, thanks to a ridiculous13-1 home record. They are clinging on to a slim lead over the Magic for the 2nd seed with only 6 games remaining, but it looks like they will be able to hold on. Without Garnett, however, there are certainly no guarantees. They needed 2 overtimes to beat the Bobcats last night at home, so clearly this team isn't the same as they are with KG on the court.

Even if he does come back at full strength for the playoffs, is this team still good enough to repeat? The Cavaliers look stronger than ever, and Kobe Bryant's Lakers have owned them this year. They'll need KG at his best, and they'll need as many games in TD Banknorth Garden as they can possibly get.
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4/5/09   |   Brendanc8504

johnjanetos wrote:
 With a healthy KG, they have a chance to win it all. Without him, no way. It's that simple.

No of course not, all they have done is hold on to the 2 seed without him. i see your point

4/5/09   |   TurkogluForMVP   |   50 respect

streetballer123 wrote:
The Celtics are out. No questions about it. There's a team out there, called the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Well you might have to remind the magic that theres a team called the cavaliers.

4/3/09   |   johnjanetos

 With a healthy KG, they have a chance to win it all. Without him, no way. It's that simple.

4/3/09   |   Brendanc8504

uptown7010 wrote:
They way the east is catching up to The Celtics they may be gone in the second round this year.
NOBODY IS AFRAID OF THEM.

Cleveland still has to play out the string of games that's left because they NEED home court advantage to beat The Lakers in the finals

ever heard of not counting your eggs before they hatch? Why dont your Cavs get out of the East first before thinking about the Lakers

4/3/09   |   uptown7010

(Edited by uptown7010)

They way the east is catching up to The Celtics they may be gone in the second round this year.
NOBODY IS AFRAID OF THEM.

Cleveland still has to play out the string of games that's left because they NEED home court advantage to beat The Lakers in the finals

4/3/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

streetballer123 wrote:
The Celtics are out. No questions about it. There's a team out there, called the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sentence 1: Stupid.
Sentence 2: Ignorant.
Sentence 3: Thank you, Captain Obvious.

4/2/09   |   streetballer123   |   3680 respect

The Celtics are out. No questions about it. There's a team out there, called the Cleveland Cavaliers.

4/2/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Pat wrote:
Miami? Yes.

Orlando? Only if the Celtics have home court advantage.

Sounds about right to me.

4/2/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Agreed with Kobe and LeBron, but do you think the Celts could beat Orlando or Miami w/o KG?

Miami? Yes.

Orlando? Only if the Celtics have home court advantage.

4/2/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

fourtime7 wrote:
they oly need kg 2 beat kobe or lebron anyone else they got a good enough team 2 win a repeat.   the magic are still one year away

Agreed with Kobe and LeBron, but do you think the Celts could beat Orlando or Miami w/o KG?

4/2/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
 this is the team that with Garnett took 7 games to beat Atlanta and 7 games to beat a weaker Cleveland team last year. They need KG if they are going to pull it off this year. 

Yeah, but they still beat the Lakers too. But w/o KG, I doubt that will happen this year.

4/2/09   |   snbslugger

Brendanc8504 wrote:
were used to that type of talk in Boston.....you know just like with Brady and BB.....what came first the chicken or the egg. You gotta give Doc damn near coach of the year honors for the job he has done this year with a team held together by bandaids

I think the Celtics have a shot and Doc is a good coach, but Danny Ainge is friggin worthless, even HE can't believe he's got a ring as an executive.  When Ray and KG leave Boston, whenever that is, people will remember what kind of crapcan Player Personnel guy Ainge is.

4/2/09   |   Brendanc8504

Pat wrote:
I know they won a championship last year, but I am still not sold on the genius of Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge. They were a complete circus before McHale gave them KG, and Ainge's entire GM career was a series of failures up until that point. Toss in a ridiculous trade with the only GM more retarded than Ainge, and give Doc 3 future Hall of Famers on the floor at once, and suddenly they're both incredible basketball minds.

I'm going to hold off on judging either of them until after Ray Allen's contract is up, and we see how they manage to keep this team competitive. I appreciate the championship, but I'm not convinced yet at all.

were used to that type of talk in Boston.....you know just like with Brady and BB.....what came first the chicken or the egg. You gotta give Doc damn near coach of the year honors for the job he has done this year with a team held together by bandaids

4/2/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

tw5960 wrote:
hell no trophy for the celtics without kg the whole team is just sh**

Yeah... that's why they're 13-6 without him. That's totally terrible.

Thanks for playing, try again.

4/2/09   |   tw5960

hell no trophy for the celtics without kg the whole team is just sh**

4/2/09   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

they oly need kg 2 beat kobe or lebron anyone else they got a good enough team 2 win a repeat.   the magic are still one year away

4/2/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Brendanc8504 wrote:
Doc knows what he is doing. How else could you explain KG coming back for 2 games and then out again for some strange reason. They want to rest him. Trust me, its going to be better going into the playoffs with a rested KG at 100% then a tired KG and 60%

I know they won a championship last year, but I am still not sold on the genius of Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge. They were a complete circus before McHale gave them KG, and Ainge's entire GM career was a series of failures up until that point. Toss in a ridiculous trade with the only GM more retarded than Ainge, and give Doc 3 future Hall of Famers on the floor at once, and suddenly they're both incredible basketball minds.

I'm going to hold off on judging either of them until after Ray Allen's contract is up, and we see how they manage to keep this team competitive. I appreciate the championship, but I'm not convinced yet at all.

4/2/09   |   Brendanc8504

Pat wrote:
The point is... if they lose a few games before then, and fall out of the #2 seed, can they beat the Magic in Orlando, even WITH KG?

Doc knows what he is doing. How else could you explain KG coming back for 2 games and then out again for some strange reason. They want to rest him. Trust me, its going to be better going into the playoffs with a rested KG at 100% then a tired KG and 60%

4/2/09   |   snbslugger

Pat wrote:
The point is... if they lose a few games before then, and fall out of the #2 seed, can they beat the Magic in Orlando, even WITH KG?

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

4/2/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Brendanc8504 wrote:
this fan article doesn't hold any bearing as the Celtics made public comments in the past 2 days that KG will be ready for the playoffs

The point is... if they lose a few games before then, and fall out of the #2 seed, can they beat the Magic in Orlando, even WITH KG?

4/2/09   |   Brendanc8504

this fan article doesn't hold any bearing as the Celtics made public comments in the past 2 days that KG will be ready for the playoffs

4/2/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 The question is can you win with Marbury.

4/2/09   |   TurkogluForMVP   |   50 respect

Didnt Stan Van JUST call out the media for making excuses? and didnt people at this website butcher SVG for it? And it was less than a week later that this comes out. Not you pat ESPN had it on yesterday and i just laughed. My honest opinion... injuries take into account of a teams success no doubt but when someone calls the media out for something and that media then responds with negative media on that coach and then less than a week later goes back to what they got called out for... come on....

"Is i called memory loss if you cant remember the last time you lost?" haha

4/2/09   |   laurettaprice

yeah i am confident in the celtics they might seem like they might not make it but they have a chance and they deserve it...GO CELTICS!!!!!!!!!!

4/2/09   |   ANastyWang

drn0iswatr wrote:
 this is the team that with Garnett took 7 games to beat Atlanta and 7 games to beat a weaker Cleveland team last year. They need KG if they are going to pull it off this year. 

That's true

4/2/09   |   michaelhenderson23

(Edited by Pat)

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4/2/09   |   Devilsfist

ya celti is gr8 they ll do

4/2/09   |   Kingjames2k5

"If we don't win it because Glen "Big-baby" Davis didn't step up....I'm never returning his XBOX 360, his BMX, and i'm taking away his Coleco vision too!!!"
                          Signed, K.G.
"I approve of these disciplinary measures, and I'm looking right at you Andrew!!!!"
                           Signed, Kobe

4/2/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 this is the team that with Garnett took 7 games to beat Atlanta and 7 games to beat a weaker Cleveland team last year. They need KG if they are going to pull it off this year. 

4/2/09   |   snbslugger

The Celtics have a good enough team to make the playoffs and maybe even go fairly deep, but without KG's production, and maybe more importantly, his intensity, I can't see them winning the whole thing without him.

4/2/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4216 respect

(Edited by kantwistaye)

I've thought for a while that the Celtics just aren't quite good enough to win it all.  They're a damn good team, but I think Dwight Howard would give them issues in a 7 game series and I believe that Cleveland is superior to both teams.  That all said, assuming the Lakers or Spurs come out of the West, I think the Celtics would have the best chance to win it all out of the Eastern Conference teams.