The intent was there on Kevin Garnett’s part, but the execution was a bit off. The Celtics regularly plead for their big man to be more assertive with the ball, and the good news is his 19 field goal attempts were high for the game.

But Garnett missed 10 straight from the floor on the way to a 5-for-19, 10-point, 11-rebound afternoon in the 91-79 loss to the Thunder.

“It was crazy,” Garnett said. “I was telling Paul (Pierce) before the game that I felt good, my legs were under me. For whatever reason I just didn’t put a whole game together. As far as attacking, I thought I did that. I had a pretty good flow going early on; I just lost it for whatever reason.”

Said coach Doc Rivers: “I want him to be aggressive, but I want to get him better shots than he had. He did some open shots, but I think I have to do a better job of getting him better shots.”

Garnett spent the afternoon locking horns with old friend Kendrick Perkins, who had six points and five boards in 31 minutes (same amount of time as Garnett).

“Perkins didn’t do anything new,” Garnett said. “He was typical Perk.”

By the way, Perkins was unfazed by trade talk that allegedly involved him.