Garnett (hip flexor) good to go for postseason


Garnett (hip flexor) good to go for postseason

WALTHAM -- When asked about Kevin Garnetts hip flexor, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers paused.

Oh I thought you asked, was he hip? he said, adding a joke. I was going to say no to that, would be my answer.

Turns out Rivers has better reviews on Garnetts health than his fashion sense.

Garnett missed Tuesdays game against the Miami Heat with a hip flexor. He returned on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks, posting four points, three assists, two rebounds, and a steal in 11 minutes.Rivers expects Garnett to be able to play through the injury in the postseason.

I think hes good, said Rivers. The hip flexor is always going to be an issue with him. Once that thing starts, youve been around long enough, it never stops. It just kind of doesnt hurt as much. Thats a painful injury. But the good thing about that injury is you can keep playing. It just hurts.

Rivers will manage Garnetts minutes the same way he has all season. His 5-5-5 plan of five minutes in, five minutes out for Garnett has paid off.

Garnett, who turns 36 in May, is averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists this season, his highest scoring average since the 2008-09 season and highest assist average since 2007-08.

He missed just six of 66 games this season, which includes games in which Rivers rested his starters down the stretch. Garnett sat out less than ten games this regular season for the first time during his career with the Celtics.

I think its been great, Rivers said of the strategy to manage Garnetts minutes. Honestly, Im kicking myself three years now, really. I wish I had done that with him at least a year earlier. I think its really helped him. He doesnt pace himself. He knows how hard he can go. You couldnt do that with more than one guy, youd be a revolving chair. But if you can designate a guy or maybe two a year to do that, thats something Ive really fallen in love with. I think its a good thing for the older guys.

A Pierce-Doc-Garnett reunion with Clippers - if only for a day


A Pierce-Doc-Garnett reunion with Clippers - if only for a day

Less than a week after announcing his retirement on Instagram, Kevin Garnett was back in the gym with old friends Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers.

Cue the comeback rumors? "Anything is possible!"

The tweet from the Clippers called Garnett a “special guest” at the team’s practice on Thursday. 

Rivers, the current Clippers and ex-Celtics coach, told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan last week he was willing to bring Garnett, who has a home in Malibu, to Los Angeles for one last season but KG, 40, chose to retire. So, apparently, the reunion Thursday with Doc, Pierce and Garnett was only temporary.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, a former Celtics assistant under Rivers, wants Garnett to join his staff.