Danny Ainge made an impromptu visit multiple reporters, (including myself) after practice today and passed along a bit more information on the status of Kevin Garnett moving forward. A few of the more noteworthy tidbits:
-Garnett suffered the ankle injury during the Hornets game Wednesday night in New Orleans. He played through it during the Mavericks game Friday night, but the ankle swelled up on him during the team’s plane ride to Memphis Friday night, causing him to sit out Saturday.
-Ainge called Garnett’s injury “left ankle inflammation.” It appears the injury is the result of general wear and tear throughout the course of the season. Garnett had played all but three games this season prior to Saturday night.
Ainge also gave a more specific timetable than Rivers about Garnett’s return.
Danny mentioned anywhere from 1-3 weeks for Garnett to be sidelined, but mentioned ”I’ll guess two weeks, just because we want to make sure he’s really ready” Ainge said.
“A lot of things can cause inflammation; I think everyone has a little bit of inflammation this time of year. KG, we need to get him fresh anyway,” Ainge explained.
That kind of attitude is indicative of the situation for KG right now. Could he play through it if he had to? Probably. Does it serve him or the team at this point? Absolutely not. With the division and home court advantage all but out of reach, the priority above all else has to be good health at this juncture. That starts with Garnett. He’s had a bunch of other nagging injuries all season (adductor strain) that we know about, as well as some we probably don’t know about. In order to get right, he needs
The key now will be remaining competitive without Garnett. Can the Celtics avoid the eighth seed even with Garnett out for a couple weeks? We should find out soon enough.