“He got hit in the….it’s not the hip flexor, a hip-pointer,” Rivers said. It was very similar to having a hip-pointer in football, I guess. It was affecting him. I was concerned that he had done something else, because where he was grabbing his hip, but I thought it was his stomach, where you pull a stomach muscle or something. That’s why I think in a couple timeouts, I kept asking if was he OK. And he is, he’s good.”
Despite the ailment, Rivers believes Garnett will be good to go during practice Thursday, as well as in Game 3 Friday night.
Doc Rivers also tried to do a little bit of damage control in the call, about his horrendous comments about the officiating yesterday.
Rivers tried to downplay the comments, rather than raising the ire of the NBA and their officials heading into a pivotal Game 3.
“I didn’t think I said much and that could be a problem,” admitted Rivers. “Because all I basically said was, Kevin getting into foul trouble had a huge impact on the game. That’s not criticizing officials. So I’ve just got to make sure I focus on our stuff.”
It remains to be seen whether Rivers will save himself a hit to the wallet with that clarification. Either way Doc has plenty of work to do to shape up the Celtics’ offense heading into Game 3. He can start by checking out this post.