Doc: Garnett won't be out long-term

Doc: Garnett won't be out long-term
March 25, 2013, 12:45 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Kevin Garnett is unlikely to play on Tuesday against the New York Knicks, but the injury won't keep him out for the remainder of the regular season.

"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."

But "soon" is such a relative term, especially when it involves a player like Garnett who has tremendous value to the C's both on the floor and inside the locker room.

The Celtics understand all too well that if they are to have any shot at making some noise in the playoffs, a healthy Garnett is an absolute must for that to happen.

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."

And while the Celtics have at times sat Garnett for rest-related purposes, Rivers reiterated that Garnett is missing games now because of the left foot injury he sustained in a 104-94 loss at Dallas on March 22.

However, the C's are hopeful that Garnett's absence won't be too long with the initial MRI findings not raising any red flags that the injury would sideline him for a significantly long period of time.

"I can tell you the first look, they didn't see that," Rivers said. "At the end of the day he may miss some games. We're going to error on the right side; whatever they decide. If they give me an option you can play him every third game or give him two week's 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. I don't want him half right."

Boston did get some positive news on the injury front. The sprained left ankle injury Courtney Lee suffered at Memphis on Saturday is much better and he should be available to start against the Knicks in Boston on Tuesday.