Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  44 responses

Examining the Kevin Garnett Injury Situation

by Marcel Mutoni

As Kevin Garnett misses yet another game (he’s expected to sit out the 15th contest out of the last 19 tomorrow night against Charlotte), people in Boston are growing increasingly nervous about his health (and the team’s chances) with the Playoffs nearing.

According to GM Danny Ainge, there’s nothing to worry about – the team is just being cautious with their big man – but that doesn’t stop some from dreaming up some doomsday scenarios for the men in green and white.

From the Boston Herald:

Garnett is almost 33 and already has played 5,000 more minutes than Larry Bird did before Bird’s body gave out. And with Garnett we’re not talking about Artis Gilmore minutes, either. We’re talking about a Steve Prefontaine pace: Just go ’til you drop. Pierce, 31, and Allen, 33, aren’t much different. There never was any question about the hearts of these champions; it’s the knees and ankles and lower backs that eventually would derail them. Happens to the best.

Meanwhile, the Cavs already have won 60 games and are coasting to the best record in the NBA. They are 35-1 at home. Their leader is 24 years old and about to win his first MVP. He’s tossing in underhanded, 75-foot shots for Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes.” His smiling face is on all the magazines. It’s LeBron’s time now, which puts in the Celtics in an interesting position as they head into the playoffs.

They’re underdogs now. Long shots to even get out of the East. You can almost hear Garnett now: No one respects us, no one thinks we can do it, no one gives us any credit at all. He has a new rallying cry, which is good because he needs one. Winning without a healthy Kevin Garnett is not possible. Not in the playoffs. Not a chance.

So, there’s that.

The injuries and physical breakdowns are precisely what everyone feared when this Celtic team was assembled, and with the postseason just around the corner, it’s not hard to understand why hoops fans in New England are having a tough time sleeping.

Update: “After watching him move today, we’re just going to shut him down,” [Doc] Rivers said at practice this afternoon. “It probably won’t be for the year. He’ll probably play by the end, last couple of games, or last three games. It’s just not progressing the way we anticipated it would progress.

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    They’ll be fine.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    The Celtics should put Garnett on the shelf for the remainder of the season if Ainge claims they are just being cautious with him. No sense risking further injury when the team has the division locked up and a three seed being worst case.

  • CHE

    Yea I am not a boston fan but I would hate to see KG out because of injury. At least if he gets injured have it be in the game when LEBRON tea bags him on a dunk and crushes his skull. Then I can live with that injury. lol

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    TAD, I’m not so sure that they’ll be fine. There’s a theory that says taht players rapidly declline when they hit the 1000 game mark. Garnett is at around 1100 games of 40 mins of homicidal intensity. His body is slowing down. / Was there ever a champion as dissed at the Celts? As soon as they finished beating down LA by 40 to win it all, experts were already pinning that same LA team as the 2009 champ! Now, they’re almost an afterthought to an already agreed upon LA-CLE showdown.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    he needs to keep testing that knee in game situations. I’m all for sitting it out, but it would be good for the c’s to KNOW if their heart & soul can be counted on in the playoffs. Sure rehab and get the treatments etc. But The guys need to be able to know what their playoff roles are. PF 1a) Baby? 1b) Powe? Is Pierce getting the lions share of shots? Is their gonna be a shift in general Offense if they can’t consistently expect their low post guys to be doubled like KG would be in the postseason? Etc, etc.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Z is right about them being the most dissed champs ever, at least to my knowledge. But they kind of brought it on themselves with all the attitude and arrogance as if they’d been dominating the NBA for ten years.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Mysterious injuries part 2: where the hell is Josh Howard being held?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Is Detroit, Chicago, or Philly going to beat Boston in the 1st round? I think not…

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Guys, don’t count out the Pistons just yet!
    hahaha, just kidding, count them out.

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    KG getting up for that supposed new rallying cry of “no one gives us any credit” should be fun to watch, as long as he’s able to step foot on the court to prove that it’s wrong.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    If Boston is healthy they’re really good. They’ve been struggling with injuries since the all star break. People doubted them because, the C’s are pretty old and not that deep, plus many thought a healthy Bynum could make the difference next time around. But the real story this season has been Bron’s ascent to MVP now that he has a compatible scorer/sidekick in Mo Williams, the Cavs have played incredibly well while remaining injury free. There’s no anti-Celtic bias, its just the way this season has played out.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpNs43Y73Cs MooButter

    The Cavs have been anything but injury free. Boobie has been plagued this year with nagging injuries, Wally’s been out, Z’s been out, Sasha’s been out, Ben’s still out, and West was out for almost two months with a broken wrist. They have just managed to win regardless, something Boston was not able to do.

  • ENDS

    Only the Double O fears Detroit

  • Madtice

    A friend of my flew all the way from The Netherlands, Europe to Boston to watch Kevin Garnett and the Celtics against Charlotte tomorrow. He won’t like this news… Been looking forward to that game for half a year now…

  • Static

    KG’s goin for broke once he gets the all clear, everyone knows that and maybe that why their not allowing him the go ahead on playing but I think holding him till later will show rust and timing issues that you dont want to be present during any playoff game. Maybe KG can sneak off to Phoenix for some rehab miracles

  • Young Chris MP3

    If he’s healthy, C’s win the championship. If he’s not, they bow out in the Eastern Conference Finals or Finals.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Uhh MooButter check those names: Boobie, Wally, Sasha, even Big Ben, they’re all bit players. The only significant guys on that list are Delonte and Z, and the Cavs have sufficient depth to sustain some injuries, the Celtics really don’t. Thats the problem with having three max deal players, its impossible to carry much depth. Now, imagine the Cavs losing Bron for 15 of that last 19 and while Mo Williams plays on two spraineded ankles.
    I’m not saying the Cavs haven’t been the better team this season, I just think a healthy Celtic team would definitely still give them a run for their money in a playoff series.

  • donlaker

    i dont buy it 4 a second, doc rivers wants to keep him fresh for the playoffs and give him some down time before they deal with the magic/cavs it is no different than ginobli and the spurs

  • vtrobot

    i think they’ll be fine, but i also think the cavs now have a better chance of coming out of the east. if the C’s falls before they have to face the Cavs, the Cavs will have an easier time getting to the Finals than the Lakeshow will. everyone was doubting the C’s when they first put the team together, they doubted them all through the playoffs last year. they doubted them at the start of the finals. there’s still a good chance for the C’s to win it all again. Yeah, KG’s hurt. On the flip side, some people are playing better than last year.

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  • Zoran

    You never know when it could be part of mental game… same thing Pierce did last year in Playoffs… gives teams hope thinking they got Celtics with ease, next thing you know they’re whoopin’ your a*s and you’re down by 40.

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  • Michael

    The Celtics are starting to remind me of the 01 Lakers, and we know how that turned out.

  • SB

    Sorry but the Celtics are not the most dissed champions ever… how quicky we forget the 06 Miami Heat.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    SB, I think the Lakers of the early decade were more dissed than the Celtics. Kobe alone takes more every season than the Spurs and Celtics combined.

  • Cizzo

    Man the C’s stole one last year this year hey be happy it’s over!

  • BostonBaller

    This is why they play the games…I’m amp’d for the playoffs and ofcourse I think The Celtics can win it all. Regardless of what happens in the playoffs I’m hoping for a Cavs Celtics East Final matchup. I also hope they do not look past us. I agree that the Cav injuries didn’t compare with the C’s but injuries are injuries and you just have to play on. I’m calling Ainge right now and get the skinny on the caged KG. Celtics #18.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Can Marbury play the four?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    ESPN is reporting they are shutting him down until the last 3 games of the season.

  • rainman10

    No Russ, but Posey can play the four…oh wait.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    “Your reign on the top was short like leprechauns…”

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    Spurs Cavs Rematch in the finals!!!!!!!!!

  • donlaker

    is posey the new robert horry? the hornets hope so
    and is leon powe the answer to the bench issue
    and is brian scalibrini still on the celtics
    or does he just model 120 suits(thread count)

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Spurs/Cavs part 2: Revenge of the Bron. This time it’s personal.

  • RuPaul

    KG is one of the best conditioned athletes in all of sports. Still, knee injuries happen. I agree: put KG on the shelf until the playoffs. Build him back up during therapy and practices. There is absolutely no reason (i.e., age) that prevents KG from returning to pre-injury dominance.

  • Kozmic

    C’s get 6th or 7th seed. Matching up with ATL. Starbury chokes when they need that extra 3. Karma is a mo’ fo’ says Pose. I’m just sayin…

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Russ…he says he can.

  • JoeMaMa

    “From Big Baby to Big Child: the rapid maturation of our friend Glen” – by Danny Ainge.
    or for the kids…
    “Fishes Swim, Crabs Dribble!” – By BronieBron

  • Dave

    I’m with SB. White Heat!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Just found Josh Howard. Recall the search teams, Dallas is fine. Playoffs, bébé!

  • Dru Ha

    Let’s be honest, kittens … Celts aren’t seeing the 2nd round this season. The proverbial jig, as they say, is over.

  • BostonBaller

    I wish we still had Posey but he wanted All star money. He did the job for us last year but he was a complimentary piece as he is for the Hornets. Those types of players are effective b/c of the starrs commanding most of the attn which leaves them open but his D was key. Can we slip PJ Brown a uni? Danny told me that KG might not play any more games then play limited minutes in the 1st round.

  • ClydeSays

    I think the C’s get to the ECF with or without KG. If KG is there & healthy, they have a great chance to win it.

    As for the Cavs, there is no doubt in my mind that LeBron is THE best player and MVP. But the Cavs still have the bad habit of ‘watching’ LBJ play. I’m not sure any team he’s on will ever be able to do anything else.

    That doesn’t matter much in the regular season. But when the Defense starts ratcheting up in the Playoffs, guys that were hitting open jumpers will be pressured to take covered shots.

  • larrylegend

    what!? kg turns 33….damn. but larry had much more PO minutes, and medical treatment has improved a lot. bad comparsion.