Garnett '50-50' for Heat game

Garnett '50-50' for Heat game
March 17, 2013, 12:30 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — The availability of Kevin Garnett for Monday's game against the Miami Heat remains uncertain.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Garnett will not practice today and that the likelihood of Garnett playing tomorrow night against the Heat is "50-50 at best."

Rivers said the absence of Garnett from today's practice won't change the team's preparation for the Heat.

"We're going to do the same thing," Rivers said. "We're just going to work on our stuff so it won't change what we're going to do at all."

Garnett did not play in Boston's 105-88 blowout win against Charlotte on Saturday because of what team officials say is a left adductor strain.

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki had a similar injury to his right adductor this season which sidelined him for two games.

Because of Garnett's impact on the team and his history the past couple of seasons with injuries, there's great concern over how quickly he will return to the floor.

But Rivers doesn't believe Garnett's current injury is too serious to keep the veteran big man out for a significant amount of time.

On a scale of one to ten, Rivers indicated that his concern level for Garnett's injury would be a 1.

"Even if he misses a couple games, it's not an injury that's a big deal," Rivers said.

Garnett, 36, has been among the Celtics' most durable players this season. Sitting out Saturday's win over Charlotte was just the second game Garnett has missed this season, but the first due to an injury.

If he is unable to play on Monday, the Celtics will once again turn to Jeff Green to start with Brandon Bass sliding over to play the center position.

Because the Celtics will play a good chunk of Monday's game with one big man, it's unlikely that the C's rotation will be expanded; if anything, it will more likely resemble a nine-man rotation often seen in a playoff series.

That means it's unlikely that Shavlik Randolph or D.J. White, both nearing the ends of their second, 10-day contracts, will see any action.

Although White has been given the first look when Rivers has elected to insert one of them into games, it was Randolph who played 15 minutes on Saturday while White's floor time was limited to just five minutes.

Randolph had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds while White chipped in with six points on 3-for-4 shooting.

"D.J. came in and played OK, and Shav came in and played great," Rivers said. "So I just played Shav."