The Celtics say it’s for the best: “Doc Rivers officially ruled Kevin Garnett out of action until the playoffs, meaning Saturday – the expected date of the team’s first playoff game – is the earliest the Celtics [team stats] forward will take the floor. Garnett has missed 21 of the team’s past 25 games because of a strained right knee…’It wasn’t a big deal for him, especially after watching us yesterday,’ Rivers said of Sunday’s 31-point loss in Cleveland. ‘I don’t think Kevin was surprised by this news at all. But let’s hope everything else goes as planned, and Leon [Powe] can play.’”