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Such a Lonely Day

Rob Centore
4.16.2009

“Such a lonely day,
And it's mine,
The most loneliest day in my life,

Such a lonely day,
Should be banned,
It's a day that I can't stand,

The most loneliest day of my life,
The most loneliest day of my life.”

The System of a Down lyrics have been playing all day long even though I haven’t heard the song in years. It is official that Kevin Garnett will most likely miss the entire post season and the Celtics chances at Banner 18 and dropping faster then the stock market. In the back of all our minds we had a feeling that this could happen, but we never wanted to believe it. My concern on the whole situation is was it managed properly?

Andrew Bynum went down on January 31 with a MAJOR knee injury having a torn medial collateral ligament. In just over 2 months later and having missed 32 games, Bynum is back playing in time for the playoffs and is giving Lakers fans tremendous confidence heading in. Kevin Garnett on the other hand suffered a MINOR injury a couple of weeks later and was diagnosed with a strained knee and was only expected to be out 1-3 weeks. They played the safe way and let rest work its wonders and now days before their title defense, the Celtics and their fans find out that Garnett is done.

Should surgery have been considered from the get go? Was KG more injured originally then they led on? How much did playing those 4 games set him back? Is the knee injury more of a head injury for KG? Those and many more questions have been running through my mind. Garnett has never really been injured throughout his career and we have to wonder how much of a head game KG is playing with himself. The playoffs start in days and we have to focus on that, it is going to be hard, but you never know what is going to happen.

One thing I do know is that Garnett should be on the bench cheering and coaching his team throughout the playoffs, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

In the first round the Chicago Bulls don’t have the All-Pro caliber studs to match-up with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. The Celtics have been playing long enough without KG that there shouldn’t be a mental block of focus and with Leon Powe back on the bench, the bigs should be able to hold their own. Let’s look forward to a potential second round match-up with the Orland Magic.

This series would be a long and draining one, but it is not out of the question that the Celtics wouldn’t win. Kendrick Perkins would and will have to be the one to stop Dwight Howard so the big question is who is going to stop Rashard Lewis in this series. Brian Scalabrine returning to the bench would be a huge boost because he is the type of player we need to defend Lewis.

I still think that the Celtics will be able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and face the Cavs, but saying that I am going to stop typing because I don’t want to think what could happen there. Like the commercials say the NBA is “Where Amazing Happens,” and of course in the words of the man they will be missing this playoffs, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!”

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