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#pounditTuesday, September 22, 2020

Wally Szczerbiak rips Kevin Garnett for lacking clutch gene

Wally Szczerbiak caused a stir on Twitter Wednesday night when he criticized Kevin Garnett. The former 10-year NBA veteran and current CBS Sports analyst ripped his ex-teammate in a few tweets sent during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Heat.

Szczerbiak also said Garnett was “horrible on both ends of the floor” in the Celtics’ 115-111 OT loss in Game 2.

Wally played alongside Garnett for six and a half seasons from 1999-2006. They reached the playoffs in five of those seasons, but they were ousted in the first round four of those seasons. In fact, Garnett was viewed as a stats guy who couldn’t win/lead teams until he teamed with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to win a title with Boston. So in a way, Szczerbiak’s criticism had past legitimacy, but it seems outdated.

Garnett has made plenty of big shots for the Celtics and come up big in several important games. I disagree with his criticism, but I’m not incensed like so many others who feel Szczerbiak has no place ripping on a far more accomplished player.

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