Garnett returns to Celtics vs. Wizards

Garnett returns to Celtics vs. Wizards
April 7, 2013, 5:15 pm
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BOSTON — The Celtics welcome back veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the starting lineup tonight against the Washington Wizards.

Garnett has missed the last eight games due to inflammation in his left foot, while Pierce missed Boston's loss to Cleveland on Friday because of soreness in his left ankle.

"It'll be nice to look down the bench and see more guys down there," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

With Garnett and Pierce back, the Celtics will also use Avery Bradley, Jeff Green and Brandon Bass in the team's starting lineup.

It will be interesting to see who will be the first big man off the bench for the Celtics tonight. It could be Chris Wilcox, who started in Garnett's absence, or Shavlik Randolph, who has come on strong recently by providing a much-needed jolt of energy.

In Boston's last game, Randolph had a career-high 16 points. And on March 29 against Atlanta, he tied his career high in rebounds with 13.