Garnett sits vs. Suns

Garnett sits vs. Suns
February 22, 2013, 9:15 pm
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PHOENIX — The Boston Celtics will be even more short-handed than ever tonight - by choice this time.

C's coach Doc Rivers said that Kevin Garnett will be held out of tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns.

Boston head coach Doc Rivers said Jeff Green would start in Garnett's place.

"We just decided to be the mini-Celtics," quipped Rivers.

Garnett has appeared more fatigued than normal lately, something Rivers attributes to Boston's triple overtime win against Denver on Feb. 10.

"Since that game, you can see he's been tired," Rivers said.

Rivers said he considered sitting Garnett prior to tonight's game.

"I was telling our coaches, it would be sacrilegious to not play KG against the Lakers," Rivers said. "But it was a thought. And watching him play, you're sitting there kicking yourself saying, 'that should have been the night.'"

Garnett had 12 points on 6-for-14 shooting, but grabbed just four rebounds.

In the past, Rivers has had to work at convincing Garnett to sit out.

That was not the case tonight.

"He was fine with it, which told me it was the right thing," Rivers said. "He didn't put up a fight at all. That tells you we were probably a game or two late."

Following Boston acquiring Jordan Crawford from Washington in exchange for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins, it left the C's even thinner in the frontcourt.

Paul Pierce told shortly after the trade deadline that while he understood the need to add depth on the perimeter, he was concerned about Garnett's minutes increasing.

"I don't know how I feel about that, especially with KG (Kevin Garnett) playing like 40 minutes a game," Pierce said. "Maybe we'll pick up somebody to relieve some of the pressure off of him."

The Celtics are on the verge of doing just that with the C's coming to terms on a 10-day contract with D.J. White who just completed playing for the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association.

While the C's would love to have him available for Sunday's game, a source indicated that getting the letter of clearance from his team in China might take a few days.