It has been five years since the Boston Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team with which he spent his first 12 seasons with and stayed loyal to through thick and thin.
Time has passed, Garnett has won a championship, and the Timberwolves have moved forward with Kevin Love at the helm.
Garnett shrugged off the significance of playing against his former team -- "absolutely not," he responded when asked if the Timberwolves bring out more in him than other squads -- but that doesn't mean his successor has any less of a challenge on his hands when the Celtics and Timberwolves meet.
On Wednesday, Garnett posted his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, and four assists during the Celtics 104-94 win.
How did Love describe Garnett's performance?
"Being Kevin Garnett," he said succinctly.
Love was drafted in 2008, one year after Garnett's departure. Now in his fifth season, he has been countered with a zoned-in veteran each time. Garnett entered the game averaging 14.3 points (60.9% FG), 10.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in six meetings against his former team.
"He's intense," said Love. "He's KG. He's a guy that defensively he'll clamp on you. He didn't leave me when he was out there more than once tonight, really clamped in. I think he hit big shots early, set the tone, set screens, and pokes and prods and elbows and jabs."
Love: Garnett 'does whatever he needs to do' to win
CSN New England | Dec 6