The criticism grew louder in the playoffs, with Bill Simmons declaring KG was afraid to have the ball in his hands during crunch time.
There may have been some merit to the charge, though this video presents some impeachment evidence.
Many of us who accepted the criticism, however unwillingly, wondered if KG might benefit from having a championship under his belt. Now that he is officially "certified," as the Ticket himself pronounced on June 17, perhaps Garnett would no longer get the yips down the stretch.
It's still early, the polls are not closed, and there are still ballots to be cast.
But against Cleveland, we saw KG hit a huge jumper to help seal the victory with less than two minutes on the clock.
Last night, he did the same, only this time with 40 seconds left.
Let's just say I'm liking the early returns.
|0:40||Kevin Garnett makes 21-foot jumper (Paul Pierce assists)||86-82|
|0:40||Charlotte full timeout|
|0:34||86-82||Kendrick Perkins blocks Raymond Felton's layup|
|0:34||86-82||Charlotte offensive rebound|
|0:27||86-82||Raymond Felton misses layup|
|0:25||Ray Allen defensive rebound||86-82|
|0:24||86-82||Jason Richardson personal foul (Ray Allen draws the foul)|
|0:24||Ray Allen makes free throw 1 of 2||87-82|
|0:24||Tony Allen enters the game for Kendrick Perkins||87-82|
|0:24||Ray Allen makes free throw 2 of 2||88-82|
|0:24||Charlotte 20 Sec. timeout|
|0:19||88-84||Raymond Felton makes driving layup|
|0:17||88-84||Jason Richardson personal foul (Paul Pierce draws the foul)|
|0:17||Paul Pierce misses free throw 1 of 2||88-84|
|0:17||Boston offensive rebound||88-84|
|0:17||Paul Pierce makes free throw 2 of 2||89-84|
|0:14||Rajon Rondo personal foul (Raymond Felton draws the foul)||89-84|
|0:07||89-84||Jason Richardson misses 28-foot three point jumper|
|0:06||Rajon Rondo defensive rebound||89-84|