Kevin Garnett's second stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves has lacked the prolific creation of highlights he produced during his earlier time here, when KG was involved in unforgettable dunks and blocks on a nearly nightly basis.
The reason for this is simple. Dude's old. Garnett's 39, with roughly a million road miles on a body that's spent 20 years in the NBA. Garnett knows his way around the floor. Does he still know his way around the rim?
Yes. Yes he does. Monday night, Garnett wound back the clock and calendar with a vicious dunk in Minnesota's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Even better, and more surprising, the throwdown came over the head of Blake Griffin, the reigning king of rising up and putting some poor defender on your poster.
The play started when Ricky Rubio sliced through a passing lane for the steal, then ran upcourt with only Griffin defending. Garnett trailed the play and came steaming down the lane to receive a bounce pass. As he got the ball, Garnett was just crossing the free throw line, and with one of the league's most explosive athletes standing in his way.
What happened next should be seen to be believed.
Check this morning's paper. It's December 2015, and KG just took you — and Blake Griffin — back to the late 1990s. (This accurate recreation went right down to the scream in Griffin's face and subsequent technical called on Garnett. Worth it!)
Nobody had a better view than Karl-Anthony Towns, the Wolves gifted rookie, who had followed Garnett down the court and, seeing what transpired, proceeded to freak out like a fan. Ricky Rubio seemed shocked and maybe a little scared. Both are suitable reactions.
The Timberwolves went on to lose, 110-106, and Garnett scored just five points in 19 minutes.
Who cares. This happened.