Ageless Kevin Garnett Energizes Celtics
It started again with the eyes. But it’s always the eyes. Kevin Garnett is 36 years old now, and the eyes burn like they did when he was 28 and could only dream of someday clutching an NBA championship trophy.
Yet even with that title now, he forever yearns for something more, raising his arms, pleading with teammates not gifted with such a fury. He dunked earlier in this Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Philadelphia 76ers and he dangled on the rim and howled into the roar. He shouts in the locker room. He still pounds his heart to the crowd.
“He’s had 17 years of playing hard,” Celtics center Ryan Hollins said. “I don’t know if a player ever has played 17 years hard on both ends of the floor.”
“We feed off his energy,” Celtics center Greg Stiemsma said.
Once again the Celtics needed the eyes on Monday. They needed the old fury. The Sixers had turned this series into a fight Boston didn’t need. And for a half the Celtics looked tired and old and broken down. And then came Garnett.