Heading into Monday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett struggled mightily form the field, converting just 30 percent of his shots on nearly nine shots per game and failing to hit double-digits in any of the team’s first nine games.
That changed quickly.
Garnett hit his first six shots against the Blazers, all from midrange, before Nets coach Jason Kidd removed him from the game with over six minutes left in the first quarter. It was clear from the start that the Nets wanted to feed Garnett, and he delivered in impressive fashion, scoring over, and over, and over again.
With that outburst, Garnett increased his field goal percentage on the season from 30 percent to 35.5 percent. Not a bad five-minute stretch.