Once again, a case could be made for several Celtics to be player of the game. Perk came up with some bit rebounds and key defensive plays including that huge block at the end of the game. Pierce played tough in spite of soreness in his knee and had some big plays in the 4th. Rondo had another solid game and filled up the stat sheet. But, the player of the game was Kevin Garnett. When the team was down in the 4th quarter, KG came up with all the big plays. He hit tough baskets, played defense, and generally willed the team to a win with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. He answered any critics who still insist that he isn't clutch at the end of games.
I completely agree. KG's leadership is the one intangible that can't be measured, but is a big part of this team. He rarely relaxes when he is on the bench but is always yelling out encouragement and instructions to his teammates. And, he works hard enough himself that his teammates respect and listen to him.