From Steve Bulpett of the Herald:
“What has changed is Garnett’s surgery timetable. He now agrees with the team and will wait until every possible avenue to get him back in these playoffs has been exhausted.
“He’s not going to do it right now,” Rivers said of the procedure. “He was looking and searching for it and then he just decided to wait.”
While the level of hope that Garnett might play again this season appears to have moved more often than a weather vane on the coast, Rivers insists that’s not the case.
“All I’m saying is that we’re still looking at this the same way we did last week,” he said. “But if he can come back, then we’d obviously take that. I still don’t think he can, but why would you ever want to take away that possibility?”
This whole KG situation reminds of me a saying we have about the climate here in New England, which is if you don’t like how the weather is looking, just wait a few minutes. After the last two months of twists and turns, encouraging recovery signs and pushed back return dates, there is likely to be a new saying floating around in Boston: “If you don’t like KG’s return prognosis, just wait a few days.”
All joking aside, you have to admire the dedication and commitment by KG here by leaving the door open on a return. In the wake of Leon Powe’s season ending, the Celtics’ front line has been left with two emerging young big men, the potential return (there’s that word again) of a power forward who has suffered three concussions in the last three months in Brian Scalabrine and a backup center averaging 7.4 fouls per 36 minutes of play.
Based on this reality, I don’t blame the nation for not having any faith in the C’s to get out of the 1st round. To most fans, they don’t appear to have enough healthy bodies right now to hang with an athletic and energized Bulls team, while lacking home court advantage in what is now a best of 5 series.
If the C’s do make it past they feisty Bulls though, having the possibility of a return by The Big Ticket, no matter how unlikely it is, just the remote chance allows there to be a little more light at the end of the tunnel for this depleted squad.
And a couple last closing thoughts, courtesy of Andy and Red:
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” -Andy Dufresne
And in the interest of being fair and balanced, a counterpoint from Red:
“Hope is a dangerous thing. Drive a man insane.”
No matter what side of the Red and Andy’s fence you land on, you have to admit in the face of all these injuries and adversity right now, the Celtics could use some hope. This newest KG development might just give it to them.