Kevin Garnett had such a great game against the Chicago Bulls Friday Night, that it drove me to do some research. KG finished with 20 points 17 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Celtics.
In his youth, I'm sure a 20-15-5 game was a monthly, OK maybe not monthly, but at least yearly occurrence for the Big Ticket. Now he is 34, and in his fourth season with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and the Celtics.
When the Big Three got to together four years ago, they all knew their numbers would go down. In KG's last season with Minnesota he averaged 22.4 points, and in his last four seasons with Boston (18.8, 15.8, 14.4, and 15.7). His other numbers have gone down too, rebounds (12.8 in Minnesota to 7.3 in Boston).
I don't know if you noticed, but his points are up from a year ago, and his rebounds are too, from 6.2 to 8.6. In fact the 20-17-6 game he had Friday night, is proof of the season he is having right now.
KG is becoming like wine, he is getting better with age. I looked back on his game logs. He hasn't had a 20-15-5 game, since joining the Celtics, back in 2007.
On November 9th 2007, KG put up 27 points, 19 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 20 point rout of the Hawks. The only other times he even came close to those numbers was in that same season.
Many people are saying the Celtics haven't looked this good, since the championship season of 2008. Well KG's numbers are proving that statement to be true.
The Big Ticket, who has had to battle through injuries the last couple of seasons, looks to be back to his championship form. Mark Jackson said it best, when he mentioned that last year a lot of people gave up on KG, saying his best years were behind him.
Well to all you haters, "Watcha gonna say now," Garnett famously said after winning it all in 2008.