|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM|
Kevin is a warrior, and in the playoffs with the Celtics down 0-2 he's defiantly not going to sit if he can physically play. The big question is how much will the hip pointer effect Kevin. Hopefully it's something that doesn't limit him.
Garnett suffered what Rivers has compared to a hip pointer during
Tuesday's Game 2 loss. Garnett didn't address the injury specifically
when talking before Thursday's session, but said simply that he's
'confident' he'll be healthy enough to play.
"I didn’t ask [the training staff]. That’s my rule, I try not to ask. Because they may give you the answer you don’t want to hear," Rivers joked about Garnett's status. "Right now, we’re planning on him practicing. I’m not going to let him go through the entire practice, even if he’s feeling good. I know a hip pointer, all you need is someone to bang into you or something. I don’t even know if it’s that, so we’re going to be careful."
Garnett sat out 10 of Boston's final 13 games, including eight straight due to left ankle inflammation. He also missed two games before that due to a left adductor strain.
Asked if he felt physically ready for Friday's Game 3, Garnett offered, "We're a confident group." He then repeated that same answer when pressed on his health.
Rivers said he doesn't remember exactly when the injury occurred during the second half of Tuesday's loss, but was initially concerned it was a stomach issue.
"I asked him two or three times if he could keep going, because at the time, I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was the stomach and when you see someone grabbing there you immediately think stomach muscle, which is the worst," said Rivers. "That’s why in our era, we didn’t do sit-ups, so we could never hurt that muscle, but that was my fear, and that’s a bad injury. And it wasn’t that. So after [team trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] told me it wasn’t that, I was good."
Garnett was limited by foul trouble in both Games 1 and 2. With the Celtics down 0-2 to the Knicks, he knows how important Friday's game is.
"When you're down 0-2 to a good team that's playing really well, that has a rhythm, desperation is definitely in play," said Garnett. "We can't afford to think otherwise. This is it. We cannot go down 0-3 to any team, I feel like in the postseason. It'd be a very difficult situation to put yourself in."
The Celtics can not go down 0-3. That's never been done in NBA basketball, a team has never come back from that.