WALTHAM Kevin Garnett has proven to be a sturdy, durable force for the Boston Celtics -- until now.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said a right hip flexor injury will likely keep Garnett out of Wednesday's game against Detroit.
Rivers said in addition to Garnett and Brandon Bass (left knee swelling), Mickael Pietrus (knee) is also doubtful.
Garnett's injury apparently flared up in Boston's 95-91 win over Chicago on Sunday.
"Kevin has the best chance (of playing) of the three," Rivers said. "But I would say all are doubtful."
Garnett is currently the only Celtic starter not to miss any games this season.
"It has to be the same mentality. You realize there are going to be injuries throughout the year," said Paul Pierce. "Just like when we missed (Rajon) Rondo; just like when we missed Ray (Allen) for a few games, you gotta have guys ready to step in and step up."
If Garnett is unable to play, the C's are likely to turn to rookie JuJuan Johnson who had a career-high 12 points in Boston's win over the Bulls on Sunday.
The idea that he might be starting, is one that Johnson has never given a moment of thought, not with this team, this season.
"Not looking at whose in front of me this year," Johnson said. "Brandon (Bass), KG, JO, Chris (Wilcox) I honestly never even thought about it."
But that opportunity may be his for the taking on Wednesday if Garnett can't play.
Whether it's starting or coming off the bench, Johnson said his approach will stay the same.
"My approach is just to be ready, listen to these older guys, listen to these coaches, just try to stay locked in," he said. "That's all I can do."