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Kevin Garnett likely out Tuesday when Celtics play Knicks

Mar 25, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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Kevin Garnett had an MRI on his injured ankle and the good news nothing showed up that was all that alarming.

However, it’s serious enough that Doc Rivers said he is almost certainly out on Tuesday when the Celtics play the Knicks and it could be more games than that, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at

“I don’t think Kevin is playing tomorrow; I’m almost positive of that,” Rivers said. “But what we want to make sure is that he’s going to be good soon…”

When asked if he thought Garnett would be out long term, Rivers said, “I don’t know what long-term is. If you mean that he’s not going to play this year? No, I don’t worry about that. But can he miss four or five games? Yeah, that’s probably possible. I don’t know that. So to me, that’s not a concern.”

Not ideal. Boston did get some good news in that Courtney Lee’s ankle sprain is not severe and he could start against the Knicks if called on.

Boston dreams of another run like last year’s playoffs, where they came together at the right time and made it all the way to the conference finals. But that is not happening without a healthy Kevin Garnett — Boston is a defense first team and they allow just 96.6 points per 100 possessions when he is on the floor (that would be second best in the NBA for the season) but it jumps six points to 103.7 when he is off the court (tied for 19th in the NBA with the Rockets).

Which means it’s better to take some potential losses and get him right now and have him right for the games that matter. The key is not giving up the two-game lead Boston has over the 8-seed Bucks — nobody wants to face Miami in the first round.

  1. dysraw1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    still don”t sleep this team is terrific at small ball it takes theirD to new heights

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      WTFC if KG plays or not? Celtics are still losers,

      • hehateme2 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        More excuses…. the celticks are LAME….. no, they really are!

  2. drex1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    KG is just swerving ‘melo like the coward he is

  3. daddyb1gdrawz - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    This has nothing to do with KG and everything to do with Boston trying to throw games so that they play Miami in the first round of the playoffs. Jason Terry let the cat out of the bag a few days ago when hinting they will play in the playoffs. They cannot beat Indianaa and matchup well against the Heat. Of course they will never admit to purposely throwing games, which is why they will allow KG to “heal”. This is not a good thing for Miami. I recall an #1 seeded Miami Heat squad, led by Alonzo Mourning having to play the Knicks, who was their rival and lost. No difference.

    • finsfan71 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      I’m just amazed that with that kind of logic you can still form complete sentences.

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