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What does Powe's injury mean for Garnett?

Posted on: April 21, 2009 2:27 pm

In the visiting locker room before Game 1 in Boston, the Bulls' Luol Deng mentioned something interesting that comes to mind now with word that Leon Powe is out for the year with a torn knee ligament.

The morning after John Salmons tweaked his groin in late March, Deng rushed to the practice court to test the stress fracture in his leg to see if there was any chance of an accelerated comeback. With the Bulls in a tight playoff race, Deng felt an extra sense of urgency to get back on the court and "give it a go," he said.

"The next day," Deng added, "I had a huge setback."

So the strategy didn't work. But that doesn't mean it can't be tried again. Not by Deng, but by one Kevin Garnett.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has made it abundantly clear that Garnett will not play in these playoffs and that he's not entertaining any more questions about it. That doesn't mean the story -- or Garnett's desire to return -- will go away.

Garnett's every move is under close scrutiny, as evidenced by this story Sunday in the Boston Herald describing a surprise appearance by Garnett on the Celtics' practice court in workout clothes. Clearly, Garnett is continuing to test his knee in an attempt -- however futile -- to rejoin his team and avert a first-round series loss to the Baby Bulls.

The Celtics can't do this without Garnett, much less without Garnett and Powe, a key reserve in their title run last year. So based on how Deng and other injured players are known to react when more teammates get injured, I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that Garnett will kick it up a notch in his effort to return.

It might not work, and Rivers might not want to talk about it. But that doesn't mean it can't be tried.




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2009 1:51 pm

What does Powe's injury mean for Garnett?

Agreed! The "Baby" Bulls look mighty dangerous to me. I'm quite relieved that Detroit decided to tank the final three games of the season and slipped to the 8th seed. Otherwise, the Cavs would be playing the Bulls and likely have their hands' full.

Regardless, the Bulls/Celtics series has been the best to watch so far, in my opinion. With Powe out now, the Celtics are in all sorts of trouble. Perhaps KG can somehow help them by sticking his jaw out further and cussing MFer into the camera more? Tongue out 

Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 10:41 am

Celtics at full strength is what Cleveland wants!

 I have a news flash for you... CAVS FANS ARE DISAPPOINTED!  Trust me, we both know you wouldn't win a game on our home court just like we couldn't last year on yours.  In all fairness though the only way I want to play the Celtics is if they have everyone healthy, that way when we knock you out we won't have to hear all that whining about how it would've been different if Garnett is in there!  Trust me we want to avenge last year, just like we did with Detroit in 2007.  You Boston fans just don't understand the mantra, you should, but you don't.  As for Boston getting to the finals... not gonna happen without Garnett, your team is not strong enough defensively to contend with the Cavs without him.  The fire and intensity on defense  just isn't there, but hey believe what you want anything can happen!

Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 10:13 am

What does Powe's injury mean for Garnett?

Dman your Bulls have made this series my 2nd favorite to watch, if the front office can keep the talent together maybe draft a real big man this team would be a force in the East.  Gordon and Rose together are a poison not easily swallowed by the opposition.  Nothing in the playoffs is more enjoyable than watching a young up and coming team take it to the defending champs!

Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 10:09 am

What does Powe's injury mean for Garnett?

I understand Garnett's sense of urgency, he is one of the most fiery competitors on the court, he is the heart and soul of that Celtics team.  As much as I hate anything Boston, I was happy Garnett finally won a title.  That being said, he needs to get 100% healthy and that means missing the playoffs.  There
will be more opportunities the Celts are a solid team and will continue to be, don't ruin your career just for a shot at a repeat.  There are too many NBA careers that have gone awry because the player refused to do the due diligence and heal, (Gilbert Arenas, Amare Stoudemire both come to mind!).  Get Healthy Garnett! 

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2009 7:17 am

What does Powe's injury mean for Garnett?

Ya know, I'm pretty offended as a Bulls fan that you didn't even mention them. I mean the Bulls are the team they're playing and the Celts did almost lose 2 games at home in the playoffs in the 1st round......And ya know what, I do think I saw Rondo tweak an ankle. I don't know if you've seen DRose this year but if Vinny tells him to put the pedal down, the Celtics are done.... Round 1. No one on the Celts roster can check Rose. Rondo can't guard Rose when he's healthy. Now hes got an ankle. And if they put Marbury in for him. Are you serious. If Rose gets its in him you could see a legend born....seriously. The scenario is set. The guy guarding him is gimpy. He's probably the 2nd fastest dude in the League(LBJ). No shotblockers to speak of. Really....... You're not concerned......A lil bit.... Now its back to Da UC. Ty Thomas is a freak, especially on Madison (Da UC). I mean, he had 6 blocks in 20 mins. and believe me there more to come from him. I haven't even mentioned Gordon. I'm just saying. Don't sleep on these Bulls. Even if they do get past the Bulls they're cooked in the second round.  You heard it here first.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2009 3:31 am

What does Powe's injury mean for Garnett?

Pathetic post Omi. Shows your lack of basketball intelligence. Keep on hating you moron.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 2:01 am

What does Powe's injury mean for Garnett?


Haha Pierce carry them. you gotta be serious. He hasn't done much thus far. Its been Rondo and Allen. Pierce's name was made by Garnett. Without Garnett, Pierce is a just a great player and thats it,



Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2009 12:51 am

What does Powe's injury mean for Garnett?

 Powe out for the playoff's ? I can hear the Celtic haters now with their jeer's, the sigh of relief from Cavs fans, even the Laker fans. Well i wouldnt count them out just yet. One thing is for sure though, Perkins rebounding and defence is going to,  HAVE TO   step it up a notch. Especilly the defence, Rondo is going to have to suck it up hurt ankle and all. Ray Allen is gonna have to kick up,brusied battered and  worn out this is the point of the season that seperates the pretenders from the contenders, and the C's aint no pretender. If you dont believe me, believe this. K.G. will come back play as hard and as long as it takes to get the job done. The true CELTICS star i haven't mentioned yet. I don't have to everybody knows who he is already. But i will anyway for the basketball challenged, and that would be one Paul Pierce. If you dont think he is coming to play then your no basketball fan, Paul is going to have a spectacular game  everytime he lace's up. And my money say's he will. He will carry HIS team back to the FINALS again. You can bet on it.


Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2009 3:23 pm

What does Powe's injury mean for Garnett?

As an athlete myself, knee injuries are touch n go.  Some heal quickly while others take much longer.  I wish both Deng and KG safe recovery.  More importantly, it's time for Star-bury to step up to the plate and play some major minutes.  Doc Rivers has to be contemplating a three guard lineup.  Laughing

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