In game one against Atlanta the Celtics were +29 when Kevin Garnett was in the game and -8 when he was out of the game. It's just one game, but the disparity is a little disconcerting.
The numbers suggest that the Celtics are championship caliber with him, and not terribly good without him. It also tells me that opposing teams will be doing two things throughout the playoffs.
--going directly at KG in hopes of getting him into foul trouble
--redoubling efforts to score, defend, and (god forbid) build leads while he is out
Our bench scored 36 points in the first game, which sounds impressive. But apparently they did much of their scoring with KG on the floor.
While all of this may be cause for concern, there was a reason Doc rested KG during the regular season. The playoffs are now here, Big Fella. So don't be surprised if your MPGs are amped up to more than 40 once the games start getting closer.
Just try to stay out of foul trouble, ok?