Garnett, Pietrus doubtful vs. Pistons

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Garnett, Pietrus doubtful vs. Pistons

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."

Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

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Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman

PATRIOTS-RAMS PREGAME

LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.