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Kevin Garnett out Saturday against Bobcats, status uncertain for Monday vs. Heat

Mar 16, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston Reuters

Kevin Garnett will miss Saturday night’s game against the Bobcats, and his status is uncertain for Monday night’s game against the Heat, according to multiple reporters present for the pregame media session with Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.

From Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston:

The Celtics have considered giving Garnett games off over the final weeks of the regular season, but this is not rest related, according to coach Doc Rivers.

“Kevin’s not playing tonight — not because it’s a night off, he wasn’t moving well yesterday in practice or today [at shootaround]. So we’re sitting him.”

Rivers didn’t elaborate much on the issue and wasn’t certain of Garnett’s availability moving forward, including Monday’s visit from the East-leading Miami Heat.

“I don’t know,” said Rivers. “Honestly, I haven’t looked that far ahead. I have no idea.”

The team is calling the injury a left adductor strain (which is in the hip/groin area), and Garnett is officially being listed as day-to-day.

Jeff Green will get the start in Garnett’s place on Saturday.

  1. kingbeason52 - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Win #15 coming!! Yeah buddy!!

  2. JMClarkent - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    That is what I’d say if I wanted to rest KG and avoid a fine from Dictator Dave!

    • omahakidw - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      He`ll play, I`m not a KG fan, nor a Boston Celtic fan, but this guy is very competitive, so I would be very surprised if he sat.

  3. j0esixpack - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I love that the Celts are thumbing their nose at the Commish and his insistence that players not be allowed to rest

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