Garnett day-to-day with adductor strain

Garnett day-to-day with adductor strain
March 16, 2013, 11:15 pm
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BOSTON — Kevin Garnett did not play in Saturday's 105-88 win over Charlotte and is listed as day-to-day with what team officials say is a left adductor strain injury.

It's too soon to know if he will play in Monday's game against Miami. The Celtics have scheduled a mid-day practice tomorrow, but it's unclear if Garnett will participate.

"If he's healthy, he'll play," Rivers said. "If he's not, he will not."

Along with the uncertainty surrounding his return to the floor, the extent of his injury is just as mysterious.

But here's what we do know about adductor strain injuries.

They come in three grades, with Grade 1 strains being the least severe and with that, the quickest to recover from.

It is an injury to the groin region in which there is either a tear or rupture to one of the five adductor muscles.

A Grade 1 strain is considered relatively minor with no more than 10 percent of the fibrous tissues damaged. A Grade 2 strain is more severe and has a much wider range while a Grade 3 strain is either a partial or full rupture of at least one of the five adductor muscles.

Because Garnett was able to participate in Friday's practice but according to Rivers, was not moving well, it's more likely that he is suffering from a Grade 1 strain.

Garnett's injury isn't anything new to the NBA this season.

A handful of players have had some sort of groin-related injury this season, with the most prominent player before Garnett's injury being Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki.

He was diagnosed with a right adductor strain in late-January that caused him to miss two games.

With Garnett not playing on Saturday, the Celtics are hopeful that the time off will be just what Garnett needs to heal in time to suit up for Monday's game against the Heat.

But the Celtics have seemingly been at their best when faced with some sort of adversity.

In their win over Miami last month, it came just hours after learning that Rajon Rondo would be out for the remainder of the season with a torn right ACL injury.

And Saturday's win was the second time this season the Celtics have played without Garnett, with both games being blowout wins for the C's.

Having already performed well in his absence only added to the C's confidence heading into Saturday's game.

"It was like, 'we just gotta step up and get the win,''' said Paul Pierce. "KG had another game where he didn't play, we played quite well, everybody stepped up."