Boston Celtics defeat Portland Trail Blazers, 98-95

There will be nothing but positives surrounding the return of Kevin Garnett if teammates react appropriately to his presence.

Garnett’s return doesn’t make the Celtics a championship team, it makes them championship-caliber. But the other 13 players have to respond with self-reflection and improvement because there was major slippage in his absence. Last night’s 98-95 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden wasn’t exactly impressive, but Garnett’s impa...

Coach Doc Rivers said battling a depleted Portland team down to the wire last night might have been a positive sign for the Celtics. And the TD Garden crowd agreed, celebrating the team’s 98-95 overtime win over the Trail Blazers with playoff enthusiasm.

In fact, there were some major Celtic positives. Kevin Garnett returned from a 10-game absence (hyperextended knee) to log 30 minutes and score 13 points. The Celtics broke a three-game losing streak and won at home for...