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Celtics must team up to replace Kevin Garnett's defense

They had a tall trash-talker in the middle who directed his teammates like a traffic cop, an intimidating anchor in the paint who the Celtics guards knew would have their back if they somehow got beat off the dribble.

Kevin Garnett’s absence leaves a void in more ways than can be counted for the Celtics, but the defensive intensity he brought will be sorely missed, as it changed the franchise from his very first day in green.

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