Kevin Garnett left tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons with a calf injury.
CSNNE reports that it is a calf injury, not a knee injury.
Obviously, the injury, however severe it might turn out to be, will have hit Celtics’ fans like a gut punch tonight, as it bore resemblance to the injury that sidelined Garnett for the end of the 2009 season, and affected Garnett all of last season. Though his recovery has been remarkable this year, with the KG of 2010-11 playing like the KG of 2007-08, everyone has reason to be concerned. That noted, there is no confirmation that tonight’s injury is related to that one.
Garnett did have X-Rays after the injury took place tonight and they came back negative. This is good. There is no fracture.
However, the real litmus test will be the MRI back in Boston on Thursday to determine if anything is torn within the knee – assuming that is where the injury is situated. As of right now, that’s unconfirmed. The worst case scenario would be that Garnett is out for the season, or possibly longer, a bridge which we’ll jump off, only if we come to it.
In the ray of hope department, Celtics’ radio man Sean Grande tweeted the following during the third quarter of tonight’s game:
@SeanGrandePBP: No fracture, MRI Thu for KG. Players indicating its not as bad as it looked.
We have seen this song and dance before. Brian Robb’s expert opinion complete guess is that KG will be out “a couple of months.” Eeesh. The videos of the injury are below.
Garnett’s injury in real time:
Garnett’s Injury from the Baseline Cam:
KG Walking to the locker room:
KG Walking in the locker room: