Garnett won't miss any time with hip injury

Garnett won't miss any time with hip injury
April 24, 2013, 4:30 pm
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BOSTON — Seeing Kevin Garnett in pain in the middle of a game has a way of bringing about Doc Rivers' worst fears. Fortunately for Garnett, and the Boston Celtics, his latest injury doesn't appear to be that big a deal.

Garnett hurt his hip in Boston's 87-71 Game 2 loss to New York on Tuesday, an injury that played a role in Garnett's inability to make a bigger impact on the game's final outcome. He finished with a double-double of 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, but there was never a point in the game where Garnett's imprint could be felt for any significant period of time because of the injury, and to a lesser degree, early foul trouble.

"It was affecting him," said coach Doc Rivers, who added that he was asking Garnett if he was okay during timeouts.

When Rivers first saw Garnett not look like himself because of the injury, he thought it as a stomach injury.

"I was concerned that he had done something else . . . I thought it was his stomach, where you pull a stomach muscle or something."

Rivers said the injury will not keep him off the floor for Boston's pivotal Game 3 tilt against New York.

"He's good to go," Rivers said. "He'll practice [Thursday] and play on Friday."