Kevin Garnett may be back in action sooner than you think. Garnett has missed Boston’s last four games, sidelined with inflammation in his left ankle last Saturday. Danny Ainge has said repeatedly that team expects Garnett to be out for about two weeks to rest the ankle and other assorted ailments.
With the Celtics preparing to face off with their division rivals tonight in New York, Garnett has traveled with the team today to Madison Square Garden. Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe has the story from the team’s shootaround this morning.
Garnett was expected to participate in the team’s shootaround Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden, which is an encouraging sign considering the team wanted to shut him down for two weeks.
“He’s gonna do a little bit; he’s feeling a lot better,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s nice having him around. I always like him around.”
There is no word yet on whether Garnett will travel with the team to Minnesota tomorrow night, but it has to be taken as a major positive that Garnett is looking good enough to travel at this point, as players don’t generally do that unless they are close to a return.
With the Celtics now three games ahead of the Bucks for the 7th seed with a ten games to go, it will be really interesting to see how the C’s medical staff and Doc plays this. On the one hand, the Celtics are still in the mix for the 5th seed, trailing the Hawks by just two games (they own the tiebreaker). On the other hand, the top priority is avoiding the Heat in the first round and the Celtics probably couldn’t care less who they face in the first round out of the Knicks/Pacers/Nets trio (although a strong case could be made to try to avoid the Pacers in my opinion).
Either way, Garnett’s health trumps all, so look for the team to baby him back in the next week or two, if he’s healthy. There will be a minutes limited and time for him to shake off the rust.