Opponents can't afford to overlook Cassell

Updated: May 5, 2004, 12:21 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
On the night the NBA honored Kevin Garnett as the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 season, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Sam Cassell scored 40 points in a playoff game for the second time in two weeks.

"He was really starting to get on my nerves at the end," Kings coach Rick Adelman said of Cassell in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "A couple of those 3s should've been fours. You knew it wasn't going to be easy after he made a couple of them."

And we are left to wonder how a guy who has played for six different teams in 11 NBA seasons has not only participated in 93 playoff games but won two NBA titles.

Or maybe it's the other way around. Maybe he's a major reason his teams have had success.