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GARNETT MAY MISS PLAYOFFS

In a stunning but somewhat unsurprising statement, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said today on WEEI that Kevin Garnett is definitely out for the first round of the playoffs and most likely will miss the entire playoff run.

Garnett has been struggling with a knee injury and his return date kept getting pushed back. Doc Rivers said today on Dennis and Callaghan, “After today there’s no way he can play.” The Celtics will play the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs starting on Saturday.

My Take: I think we all assumed we would not see KG at 100% for the playoffs, but the admission by the coach that he may not return is a damning statement the Celtics’ chances of a repeat. It goes without saying that KG is a warrior and would be out there if he could, but the injury seems to be more serious than first thought. It’s time to see what Mikki Moore has left in the tank and if Leon Powe/Glen Davis are ready to be premier big men.

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  1. Brutal news indeed. I’m a little upset that we’ve been teased along on this for many weeks, but I’ll give the staff the benefit of my doubts and assume they just didn’t know how bad it was all along.

    One thing for sure is that the Celts are now major underdogs to repeat. I wish they’d gotten to play the 76ers instead of the Bulls in the first round. The Bulls are mighty hot, but I’m glad to see the defensive work of Tony Allen (and Leon Powe) is available once again. That should help a lot.

    Posted by Ken | April 17, 2009, 7:38 am

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