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Ainge: KG Has Strained Calf, Will Miss Couple Weeks At Most


Rejoice Celtics fans. Danny Ainge has passed along the news while appearing on WEEI 850 in Boston that the team has received the results on Kevin Garnett’s MRI on his right leg. A few of the highlights from the injury report, with a full transcript on the way from Ainge’s interview:

  • It is a muscle strain in the calf
  • Garnett should be out a couple of weeks at the most
  • The injury has nothing to do with the knee

Once again, all of this news is fairly consistent with what we heard from Doc and other C’s personnel last night. Much more on this story as we get it, along with full analysis, but for now looks like the C’s dodged a huge bullet with this minor injury for their All-Star power forward. Here’s the rest of Ainge’s remarks complied from the interview, which you will be able to hear in full at weei.com

Ainge On KG:

“He may be out for a couple of weeks at the most.”

“My biggest fear is wearing Paul and Ray out.”

“It’s not just Rondo out, but Delonte out and we’ve had the injuries to Shaq and Jermaine and now they’re back and that’s going to help. It’s going to be hard to maintain the same pace that we’re playing at right now without Rajon and KG. Doc is going to have to be creative…. Like he did the other night using Marquis at the 1.

Ainge on Perk:

“We’re just taking it week by week. He’s not coming back within the next week or two. We’ll evaluate it in a couple of weeks. Our timetable has been the middle of February and we’ll keep it there until we know he’s healthy.”

Ainge on Rondo:

“Rajon is getting better. It was a pretty severe sprain as you could see on TV. He could play but he’s still in pain. He has pain on both sides of the ankle. We don’t want to get him back on the court until he can play hard.”

  • I_Love_Green

    YESSSSSSSSSS!!! Best news of the year. Lets hope he returns for the game against San Antonio, although I don't know exaclty when that is so that might not be enough time for him to rest. And also good news about Rondo that the pain is only in his ankle.

    I say bring Rondo back tomorrow night, and play him 15-20 minutes just to see how he feels, and if he's fine then we're good, but if there's still pain and swelling sit him for a few more days.

    • http://twitter.com/M_DeVelaine @M_DeVelaine

      Like… Next week is the SA game. Jan 5 or something. I know it's real soon. I have no issues with KG being down until before we have to deal with the Fakers though. As long as he's healthy, we're going to be there.

  • lkk23

    yeah i dont think KG is gonna be back in time for the spurs game, its on wednesday or thursday this week. but i dont really care as long as he comes back 100% healthy!!

  • Ryan DeGama

    Clearly, we got the best possible result here….

  • Morpheus

    HALLELUJAAAAAAH, my prayers were answered. YES. Thankyou thankyou thankyou.

  • TedL

    I hope this is true. But we know the Cs don't always tell the whole truth when it comes to injuries.

    Net, I'm more optimistic than I was yesterday, but you know what they say. Fool me once…can't get fooled again.

  • someguyinsac

    Yippee! I'm rejoicing and Happy New Year everyone.

  • Green Man


    • JP-

      HUGE sigh of relief, this is great news

  • Morpheus

    Happy New Year Everyone……Be Safe.

  • badnewsmonkey

    reports we are getting are way too similar to this, right?

    i heart kg and i heart kg's knees. get well soon kev.

  • color_stupid

    Yeah, KG was pretty frustrated when the injury happened – punching the floor and crying angrily. It was as if he knew his season would again be over and the Celts would fall short because of it. It's mighty tough, but I'm hoping for the best. I hate seeing my favorite player go down like that. This really sucks.

  • Jamie

    Let's just hope they are being completely honest and its only the calf and it's only a few weeks. At this point they have built enough cushion with the fast start to soon start doing the limited minutes stuff like Doc did last year. Injuries are piling up and it won't matter if they have home court in May and June if half the roster is hurt. Rondo should sit until next week sometime.

  • CG12

    I hate to say it, but my first reaction to this news is that it needs to be taken with an enormous grain of salt. With the Cs history of being less than forthcoming about injuries and seeing KG's reaction when it happened, I am extremely dubious that he will be back in two weeks. I hope so, but am very skeptical.

    In any event, KG will be out for a bit and we need somebody to step up.

    • Green Man

      my dom perignon champagne glass is still half full!! let's stay positive… for now. happeee newww yeaaarrr!! from the philippines! :o)

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