KG the perfectionist

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Sam Mitchell couldn't quite believe what he was hearing during his post-season championship congratulatory call with ex-Minnesota Timberwolves' teammate Kevin Garnett.

Thinking the Boston Celtics' forward would be basking in the glory of a world championship, Mitchell discovered Garnett to be as restless as ever, in search of perfection.

"In his mind, he wasn't good enough," the Toronto coach said, shaking his head. "He's saying, I've got to do this (better), I've got to that.

"I told him 'did you ever sit back and think about how far you've come since you were a rookie?'. It was like he thought if I stop and sit back, then maybe I'll let up. I had that same feeling too, but I wasn't good enough a player."

Mitchell paid Garnett the ultimate compliment, that he practises as hard as he plays.

"I see a lot of that in my young fellow, Chris Bosh," Mitchell said. "It might seem like he has been around forever, but he's only 24 and he has a chance to be something special. He can be an all-star, but there's another level you can get to."

WHAT'S UP DOC?

There's a new standard that Celtics coach Doc Rivers and the fans in Boston judge their team by these days and a 6-1 start before last night was not considered wart-free.

Rivers felt there was room for improvement by his starters, who have been bailed out by the bench in games such as Sunday's win over the Detroit Pistons.

"I'm not going to change any of them," Rivers said with a laugh. "But they've been inconsistent. We'll stop teams at one end and not score at the other.

"The only way we're going to win (again) this year is if we're better than last year."


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