BOSTON - Last night, the Boston Celtics enjoyed one of their most impressive victories of the season when they downed the star-studded Los Angeles Clippers in double overtime by a score of 141-133. Jayson Tatum dropped 39 points, Marcus Smart added 31, and Gordon Hayward came away as the defensive star. And yet, one of the season's biggest games is not actually one that any Celtics fans are talking about this morning.
Instead, the major news surrounding the Celtics was last night's announcement that they would be retiring the jersey number of Kevin Garnett. That's right, the number five, which was worn by the dominant power forward during his tenure in Boston, will be added to the rafters, never to be worn again by a Celtic, per CBS Sports.
The announcement came at the TD Garden during the first quarter and it was a complete surprise of a proclamation. Many have speculated that Garnett and Paul Pierce, whose number is retired already, would be the only members of the 2008 championship team to have their numbers honored for good. So far, this speculation has come to pass.
Garnett was a perennial All-Star throughout his NBA career. He played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he was named MVP in 2004, and for the Nets, as well as the Celtics. His Celtics run lasted from 2007 to 2013 and he was one of the league's best at that time. The Celtics would not have experienced the post-season success they did without Garnett's effort. His jersey number deserves to be retired and at some point in the 2020-21 season, it will.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers had nothing but praise for KG after the announcement, but the best statement came from Garnett himself, who said, "I'm honored and thankful to have my number retired with the Celtics. I will always have immense respect and appreciation for ownership, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my past teammates and Celtic Nation!"
The Timberwolves have not retired KG's number, so that makes the honor even more special for the Celtics to do it. It will be the twenty-fourth number in the TD Garden rafters. Congrats to KG! Maybe Adam Sandler will show up at the ceremony?
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