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Kevin Garnett out Wednesday with hip flexor injury

Feb 15, 2012, 9:16 PM EDT

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Earlier on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett went through shootaround and was upgraded to “probable” to play that night against the Pistons. He sounded like a go.

But when push came to shove, the Celtics decided to give him the night off. He is out for a game, a decision made less than an hour before tip-off (after Doc Rivers had his pregame meeting with the media).

This is the first game KG has missed this season. Rivers had said previously this was not a serious injury. However in this condensed season, giving the not-exactly-young Garnett a night off here and there to rest injuries. Especially against a team the Celtics should beat like the Pistons.

The Celtics play again Thursday night at Chicago, the first of a five-game road trip. Expect KG to play in most if not all of those games.

  1. glink123 - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    KG needs to shut it down for good after this season. I hope he doesn’t pull a Shaq, and embarrass himself by sticking around when he’s clearly a shell of his former self. He’s had a brilliant career, but there’s something to be said about being able to walk past 45 years of age, and being able to bend over and pickup your grandkids.

  2. Justin - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    “But when push came to shove, the Celtics decided to give him the night off”

    Whenever push comes to shove KG always takes off.

  3. basketball34 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    That 14-time All star, NBA MVP, and NBA champion — KG, the guy you want to shut it down — just had still another double-double tonight. Unwise to use embarrassing and KG in the same sentence.

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