MEMPHIS — The Boston Celtics are once again a short-handed bunch, with two starters out for tonight's game.
Kevin Garnett has a foot injury that will sideline him tonight, an injury that the Celtics are likely to get additional testing on when he returns to Boston following tonight's game against Memphis.
His absence from tonight's game is a bit of a surprise.
The same can not be said for Courtney Lee who suffered a left ankle sprain in Boston's 104-94 loss at Dallas on Friday night.
"There's some swelling, but it's not too bad," Lee told CSNNE.com.
Lee said he anticipates the injury will not keep him out of Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks.
It was a dead ball situation where Lee was jumping up and down, and he said he landed on the back of the foot of a Mavericks player.
Lee had to be carried off the floor by his teammates. But once on the bench, he was able to leave the floor under his own power.
His absence means the Celtics will be even more short-handed than usual, with Jason Terry most likely inserted into the starting lineup while seldom-used Terrence Williams likely to see action as well.
Garnett not being available likely means Jeff Green will be in the starting lineup, with D.J. White and Shavlik Randolph joining Chris Wilcox as bigs that should see action tonight off the bench.