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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.