Kevin Garnett Has Ankle Inflammation, May Miss Two Weeks

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An MRI on Kevin Garnett’s left foot showed swelling in his ankle, and he is officially listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s game against the Knicks. According to Coach Doc Rivers, K.G. hurt his foot during Friday’s loss at Dallas, and it’s possible that the Celtics’ defensive leader will miss at least the next four or five games.

Rivers told the Boston Globe, “Whatever [management] decides, if they give me option of, ‘You can play him every third game or give him two weeks rest,’ I can tell you right now, I’m going to say two weeks rest. If it’s my decision. They usually never leave it up to me, but if it was my decision, that’s where I would go. Because at the end of the day, I want him right and I don’t want him half-right.”Rest seems to be the priority for a veteran like Garnett, and Rivers said, “at the end of the day, he may miss some games, but we’re going to err on right side [of caution].”

On a separate note, Courtney Lee sat out practice on Monday with a sprained ankle, but Rivers suggested that Lee could play in tomorrow night’s game. The Celtics have lost three straight and are now 6.5 games behind the Knicks in the Atlantic Division. They’re 36-33 overall and are currently in seventh position in the Eastern Conference.

 

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Nate Weitzer

I've always loved the Celtics. Growing up with only a whiff of the glory days of Bird, Parish, and McHale, I was wistful yet invested in the awful teams of the 17-year period (1991-2007) where the Celtics never really competed. When they won the finals in '08 I was ecstatic, my favorite memory was slapping a bar table so hard I spilled a pitcher after Pierce's four-point-play in Game 1.