Is Pau Gasol right? Has Kevin Garnett lost a step?
Lakers big man Pau Gasol said Celtics forward Kevin Garnett is not the player he used to be, but Boston coach Doc Rivers stressed on Friday that there is nothing physically wrong with KG.
The Lakers held Garnett to 16 points and only four rebounds in a 102-89 win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
"On Kevin’s part, he’s also lost some explosiveness," said Gasol, who had 23 points and 14 rebounds. "He’s more of a jump shooter now you could say, comes off the lane. Before he had a really, really quick first step and was getting to the lane and he was more aggressive then. Time passes and we all suffer it one way or another, but he’s still a terrific player, a terrific competitor, and he’s going to bring everything he’s got. You can count on that."
HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Pau Gasol may be absolutely right, but he should not have gone there.
By politely calling out Kevin Garnett in the post game press conference, Gasol has provided The Big Ticket with extra motivation.
To be fair, Garnett is a shade of his former self. Wear and tear and injuries have taken their toll; however, the legendary post can still raise his play in a short series, especially if he feels slighted.
For instance, the Cleveland Cavaliers had their hands full with Garnett in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
So Gasol should just stay quiet and play -even if he is right.
Is Gasol right? Has Garnett lost a step?