Kevin Garnett and the Celtics will fight on for at least one more day after a crushing Game 6 loss to the Heat with an Easter Conference title there for the taking.
Garnett says the Celtics are going to “let it all hang out, on the road, hostile environment” Saturday night in Miami for the series-deciding Game 7.
“It’s what it is,” Garnett said about the must-win situation Boston finds itself in. “Game 7, spilled milk. Can’t cry over it. Just hate that that opportunity slipped through our hands at home where we play so well. …
“Nothing’s been easy up until this point, so can’t expect it now. It’s what it is, so we’re gonna take these cards, and we’re gonna play ’em. Lot of confident guys in here, lot of guys who’ve been through Game 7s, a lot of experienced guys so we’re gonna lean on that and we’re gonna fight. A bunch of fighters in this locker room. See what we do.”
The 17-year NBA veteran also reflected on his time in Boston, which could be coming to an end if he decides to retire after the postseason.
“I want to say to all the fans, thank you, guys,” Garnett said. “I’ve never in my life experienced anything like this, in any sport. I’m just truly blessed to be a Celtic and be a part of the city of Boston. That’s what’s up to all the New Englanders around here coming from your boy. It’s [expletive] crazy.”
Looking back on the Game 6 loss, Garnett, like teammate Paul Pierce, focused on the Celtics’ inability to stop LeBron James.
“We never got into a defensive flow, like I know we can,” Garnett said. “I feel like LB (LeBron James) was in a groove and he never looked back.”