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Point taken by Garnett

On offense, he will be more aggressive

By Julian Benbow
Globe Staff / February 24, 2011

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DENVER — Sometimes after he drops a pass to Kevin Garnett in the post, Ray Allen will just stand there on the wing and see what Garnett will do with it.

Allen knows Garnett would rather pass the ball than hog it, but if Garnett is down low with a chance to do damage, Allen wants him to be a little greedy. The last thing he wants is for Garnett to pass it back. So he just stands there.

“Sometimes, if you cut, he’s going to pass it,’’ Allen said. “So sometimes, you just stand there like, ‘You’ve got to go to work.’ ’’

Garnett has made a conscious effort to punch the clock in the second half of the season, taking himself to task for not being more aggressive.

His 24-point, 12-rebound double-double in Tuesday night’s win over Golden State was just the start, he said. He settled in on the blocks in the fourth quarter and the Celtics fed off it, outscoring the Warriors, 27-15, to close out the game.

“The second half of this run, I’m going to really have to be aggressive,’’ Garnett said. “I’m not going to look back.

“I like to mix it up as far as me passing or being aggressive. I’m a team player first. But I will be more aggressive on this whole trip or this whole second half.’’

It all goes back to a Feb. 7 loss to the Bobcats in Charlotte. Coming off a win over Orlando, the Celtics were particularly complacent, and Garnett struggled, missing 7 of 11 shots and finishing with 9 points.

“I just thought that I wasn’t aggressive,’’ Garnett said. “I thought my play was [expletive], to be honest. I wasn’t happy with my play and ever since then I just marked it as, ‘Hey, let’s pick it up.’

“We put a lot of onus on Paul [Pierce] and Ray to put the ball in the basket, and [Rajon] Rondo’s becoming a threat now. I can’t disappear or evaporate in that whole thing.’’

Garnett went 11 for 16 against the Warriors, knocking down open jumpers but making his biggest mark when he made up his mind to control matters in the post.

“He just called his shots,’’ said Rondo. “I had nothing to do with it. He just called them and made them.’’

“I just try to be the glue on this team,’’ Garnett said. “I try not to be one-dimensional. I try to be everywhere, not just one category in the book that’s positive.

“I know my offense has to be on par — it has to be probably above average, and it will be.’’

Perkins may sit Although Kendrick Perkins hoped to play tonight against the Nuggets, a team source said that what was thought to be a bruised left knee is actually a minor sprain and he could be held out of the last three games on this trip.

Perkins, playing in his 11th game after returning from surgery on his right knee, banged into Golden State’s Stephen Curry with 10:31 left in the third quarter and left the game. The injury doesn’t appear to have long-term implications.

“It just wasn’t feeling right,’’ Perkins said Tuesday. “Just a little nagging pain.’’

The Celtics are thin at center with Shaquille O’Neal (Achilles’ tendon) and Jermaine O’Neal (right knee) already out. Semih Erden returned Tuesday after missing four games with a strained right adductor, and coach Doc Rivers said he’ll have to contribute. Erden grabbed just one rebound in 17 minutes.

“He’s going to have to be more valuable,’’ Rivers said. “We’ve just got to get Semih going. We’ve got to get him playing more physical and playing our way again.’’

Daniels deciding Marquis Daniels has visited several doctors for opinions on the bruised spinal cord he sustained Feb. 6 against Orlando, and he has one more appointment scheduled in the next week, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

“He’s doing OK,’’ Bartelstein said. “We’re just going through, seeing a number of doctors, getting a lot of opinions. Then we’re going to see what we’re going to do. He’s got one more visit left, then we’re going to talk with the Celtics’ medical staff.’’

The Celtics have said they don’t expect Daniels to return soon, but Bartelstein didn’t want to go into the implications of Daniels missing the rest of the season. Surgery is among the options being considered.

“It’s just a matter of figuring out what’s going to be the best process and give him the best chance for full recovery,’’ Bartelstein said. “Hopefully, we’ll come to a definitive answer in the next week or two.’’

Before going down, Daniels had played in 49 games after playing just 51 the year before (his first in Boston) and 54 two years ago with the Pacers because of various health issues.

“There’s no question he’s very frustrated and disappointed,’’ Bartelstein said.

Gary Washburn of the Globe staff contributed to this report; Julian Benbow can be reached at

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