Monday , Mar , 03 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kevin Garnett is the True MVP

We’ve been hearing it now for a while. Somehow, Kevin Garnett no longer is a consensus choice for Most Valuable Player because he (a) had the temerity to suffer a serious injury for the first time in his career and (b) his team had the temerity to win seven of the nine games he missed. But after last night’s 98-88 grinder over the Hawks, the Celtics are, ahem, 39-10 when Garnett does play. And when he plays like he did yesterday, you’d like to send the game film to all those who have elevated Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to exalted status. They’re both terrific, as they proved yesterday with tour de forces on national TV.

Then, before the usual 18,624 at TD Banknorth Garden, Garnett did his thing. In his best ‘I’m back’ statement game since he got hurt, Garnett had 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 assists. He is gradually working his way back to form, the form that made him the MVP front-runner for the first 2 1/2 months of the season. He once again anchored a defense that held the Hawks to the kind of numbers that make assistant coach Tom Thibodeau sleep easy: 88 points and 39.5 percent shooting. Click here for more from the Boston Globe.