|Posted on March 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM|
Doc Rivers deemed him "50/50 at best" to suit up for Monday's showdown with the Miami Heat.
Garnett is battling a left adductor strain that flared on Friday and kept him out of Saturday's win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Rivers said the team will reevaluate Garnett on Monday depending on what he's able to do leading up to the game.
"We don’t know what he’s going to do [Monday]," Rivers said. "My guess is he’s 50/50 at best."
Asked if there was any long-term concern with Garnett, Rivers downplayed the injury.
"Probably a 1 on a scale to 10," Rivers said of his concern level. "Even if he misses a couple of games, it’s not an injury that’s a big deal. I’m not that concerned by it."
Rivers later said he didn't believe Garnett had undergone an MRI because the injury does not appear that severe.
"Again, I don’t think it’s that serious," Rivers said. "It’s just at the point of the year where you’re just not going to play him if he’s not feeling great."
Celtics guard Jason Terry said the team has to be prepared if Garnett isn't on the floor, but is hopeful he'll be able to suit up.
"You can’t think about it,” Terry said of what the team’s mindset would be if Garnett can’t go. “He's not there, so it's not going to help you to think about him.
“But would we love to have him? Yes sir, no question. The best big man, to me, in league history. So when we're missing him we've just got to do it collectively, especially on the defensive end. When you're that small, you have to rebound as a group."
I think KG will play against Miami. I'm not calling Doc and the Celtics liars. I think KG is honestly in need of rest, and he's dinged up like most players right now, and I think they could be avoiding league ramifications by saying he has a minor injury. Plus I think they wanted to avoid backlash like they did for resting Pierce. I could be wrong, but that's what I get from Doc's body language, and verbiage.