Well that escalated quickly.
The Miami Heat ran away from the Brooklyn Nets in game one on Tuesday night, winning by a final score of 107-86. Among the blemishes on Brooklyn’s side was this baffling statistic: Kevin Garnett was held scoreless in a postseason game for the first time in his career.
For the night Garnett had no points on 0-2 shooting. He had four rebounds, a steal, and a -5 mark for the night.
In his career Garnett has played 139 postseason games. His career mark for points per game is 18.9, though a more accurate representation would probably be the 8.4 PPG he had against the Toronto Raptors in their seven game series in round one in 2014. Sure, the Nets have to manage Garnett’s minutes and the expectations for him accordingly, but I can guarantee that they cannot afford to have him go scoreless if they hope to have a prayer against Miami.
Garnett did at least manage to smack some Heat players around in this game, leveling Ray Allen on a screen and smacking LeBron James in the face in the fray for a rebound. Still, the Nets will need more than that and something of a turnaround from Garnett in short order if they hope to create problems for the Heat and find a way to steal this series.