Celtics Vs. Jazz: Paul Pierce Calls Kevin Garnett 'Inspiring'

With 23 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, Kevin Garnett continued to provide a consistent presence for the Boston Celtics.

"He's been playing like that a lot since the second half of the season," Paul Pierce said. "We've been going to him a lot more, making more of a presence on the inside, and he's doing it on both ends of the court. It really is inspiring to the teammates when he's got it going like that on both ends of the court. We kind of feed off his energy."

Since the All Star break, Garnett has averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, significantly improved from his pre-All Star break averages of 14.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. And Garnett's increased production has come in almost exactly the same amount of playing time: he played 30.8 minutes per game before the All Star break and has averaged 31.5 minutes since.

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