By A. Sherrod Blakely
BOSTON As expected, Kevin Garnett will suit up for the Boston Celtics tonight against the Orlando Magic.
Garnett, out since suffering a muscle strain ins lower right leg, missed nine games for the Celtics with the injury.
While the Celtics will certainly monitor Garnett's minutes, C's coach Doc Rivers said that there are no limitations as far as how much Garnett will play tonight.
His return does not come as a surprise to Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, whose game plan for tonight included Garnett starting.
"They have more size when he's there," Van Gundy said. "He's a great defender, anyway. And then he brings a lot of size to the table. They're a lot bigger. Kevin's length is huge for them defensively."
Magic forward Brandon Bass, who will begin tonight's game matched up against Garnett, doesn't believe the long layoff will impact Garnett's game.
"He's a great player," Bass told CSNNE.com. "It doesn't' matter how long he's out. Kevin Garnett is always going to be a tough challenge for you."
Rivers also confirmed that the Celtics will also have Shaquille O'Neal available tonight. He suffered an adductor strain injury and did not practice on Sunday.
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BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas was among the breakout performers in the NBA this past season, earning the Celtics guard his first All-Star appearance in the process.
And when the league announced its three All-NBA teams on Thursday, Thomas was among the contingent of players receiving votes.
Thomas, who averaged a career-high 22.2 points per game this past season, received a total of 20 points which was more than perennial standouts Pau Gasol (16 points) of Chicago, Dirk Nowitzki (8 points) of Dallas and New York’s Carmelo Anthony (2 points).
Golden State’s Stephen Curry was a unanimous first-team selection as he was named to the first team on all 129 ballots submitted for a total of 645 points. Points for first, second and third team nominations were awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
Joining Curry on the first team was LeBron James who was named to the first Team for the 10th time in his 13 NBA seasons; San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
The second team includes Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland’s Damian Lillard.
On the third team, there’s Paul George of Indiana, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Andre Drummond of Detroit, Klay Thompson of Golden State and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.