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Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:15 pm
Injury initially diagnosed as a calf injury, not deemed serious by Doc Rivers. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Sources tell's Ken Berger that initial exams of Kevin Garnett's injury in the first quarter of the Celtics' game loss to the Pistons Wednesday night indicated a pulled calf muscle. The injury was later termed a "muscle injury to the outside of his right leg, below the knee and above the ankle." The extent of the injury will be revealed in an MRI scheduled for Thursday. Post-game, Doc Rivers did not think the injury was serious, while obviously saying they'll have to see with the MRI.

Without Garnett, the Celtics' change on both sides of the ball is incredible. The odds of Garnett missing some time are good, but a calf injury means the duration will likely be considerably less than it would have been had it been a knee injury. The Celtics play the Hornets, Raptors, and Timberwolves in their next three before a big game against San Antonio next Wednesday. Then it's another tilt against the Raptors before a big game in Chicago. A worst case scenario for KG could have him out for several weeks, which would mean being without him for games against Orlando, Utah, Portland, and conceivably a January 30th game against the Lakers. In short: January's not the worst month for KG to miss time, but it's not ideal, either. 

Still, the Celtics have a game and a half lead over Miami for the top of the Eastern Conference, and have never been concerned with home court advantage in the playoffs. They can afford to miss KG for a while if it means he's ready for the playoffs. The important thing is making sure that Garnett doesn't suffer a recurring injury like can sometimes occur with a calf injury. They have to get him 100% healthy and back for the playoffs. In the meantime, they'll likely get Kendrick Perkins back from injury along with Rajon Rondo. That will likely be enough to keep them above water in time to push into the playoffs at full strength. 

Barring a surprising and devastating MRI results package on Thursday, Celtics fans can breathe a little easier. 

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 7:14 am

Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

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Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:49 pm

Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

C's will be alright. They have a deep bench with some players who should be willing to step it up, enough to keep up with surging Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:09 pm

Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

This article states the obvious without any intellectual Garnett will miss time ... gee and Rivers says not as much as what he thought 30 minutes before the interview or tweet... lets face it the Celtics are old and on their way out... the writing is on the wall we are reading it even in this poorly written blog...

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 10:11 am

Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

am i the only one who finds it funny that he got hurt against the pistons? After his pathetic comments the last time they played...karma is a .

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:37 am

Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

Get well soon, KG!

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:16 am

Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

not worried

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2010 12:09 am

Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

No worries Celtic fans.  I am sure the old man will heal quickly and be a better player once he is back on the court.  I am sure that calf won't bother him for the rest of the season until it finally makes his knees sore.  Everything will be ok.

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