I am a witness, and a certified psychologist.
Kevin Garnett was pretty giddy after the game. Snatching up a few box scores to save so he could prove he was on the court with Rondo (as if they won't be able to call this game up on whatever they are calling the next version of the internet 30 years from now).
He also offered some interesting theories on what has gotten into Rondo lately.
"I'll save this just as a witness that I was here and I actually got to see this up front and center," Garnett said of the box score. "The thing about Lin is, I think everybody who’s at the point guard position, [they are] already excited to play the kid, [Rondo] was nothing short of that today. I can see it and I can tell. I’ve been around him long enough to know when he’s motivated and when he’s more than motivated. Tonight was one of those nights." Later Garnett continued, "You could see it on his face. Just like when he was playing Deron Williams [on Friday]. If you’re going to be anything in this league, you've got to play against your position. [And] trade talks really are a good motivating factor for him. If you know Rondo, he’s an I'll-show-you type of person, very motivated, and that's what you love about him. This game had enough juice on it for him to come out and play the way he played."
Not to be THAT guy, but I'll go ahead and say it. Love that Rondo was "more than motivated" today, but there are some days when he looks "less than motivated" and that is the primary frustration with him. These games are the mountaintop days. But what about the valley days?
Nobody can expect triple doubles every game. Nobody this side of Oscar Robertson can do that. But hopefully we'll have more days on the higher side than the lower side and keep the valleys to a minimum. Otherwise Danny might have to leak trade rumors every month or so. And that would just get old.