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Kevin Garnett suffered a posterior muscle strain of the right knee during Thursday’s 90-85 loss to the Jazz. Danny Ainge told the Globe that the injury will keep Garnett out of action for 2-3 weeks.
“Rest and ice for KG,” Ainge told the Globe.
According to the Globe, the Celtics may pick up recently-released center Mikki Moore to help fill in while the KG is out. They’re also reportedly looking at Thunder big man Joe Smith, if he is ever released.
Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said Garnett was “not in tremendous pain” on Friday, but that the knee is still sore and stuff, and the team felt it should be re-examined.
Reaction: By my count, Garnett could miss up to 10 games (over a total of three weeks) and may be slated to return Sunday March 15 at Milwaukee.
With the loss of Garnett, the Celtics lose their defensive leader and a tremendous amount of size and length. If you look at things a positive way, the Celtics are 12-2 over the last two years without KG, and could use the time without him to work on their individual defensive prowess.