Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 9:13 pm  |  87 responses

Kevin Garnett Injures Leg, Exits Game (Update)

by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky

With 2:38 left in the first quarter of tonight’s Boston vs. Detroit game, Ray Allen sliced through the lane before hitting Kevin Garnett with a perfect lead pass. The 34-year-old completed the play with an easy dunk. Somewhere between taking off and actually throwing it down, Garnett suffered a non-contact injury to his surgically repaired right leg.

Minutes later, after grimacing on the bench while trainer Ed Lacerte looked him over, KG limped his way to Boston’s locker room. X-rays on the leg came back negative, but the 6-11 big won’t return to tonight’s game. As of now, according to Woj, he’s scheduled to undergo an MRI Thursday morning.

If the injury turns out to be moderate, this will be much ado about nothing. But if it’s severe, which judging by Garnett’s facial expression on the bench it may be, the Celtics may have just ceded their No. 1 contender status in the Eastern Conference.

Stay tuned tomorrow for further updates.

UPDATE: After the game, the Celtics announced that the injury was to KG’s calf and not his previously injured knee. He will miss a few games, but the outlook is much more optimistic than it was a few hours ago.


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  • tomtom

    first!. and lol.

  • Will Lee

    i pray for you KG

  • James

    Oh man..

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Please god no :( the Celtics must be healthy so they can destroy the Heat in the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Karma for what KG said to Charlie V the last time they played. B*tch.

  • William

    Apparently he fist bumped everyone but Charlie V before the game, don’t like seeing anyone injured but maybe it is karma…

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Hopefully nothing major. But kg wouldnt be wincing for a lil bruise. ……… And dude is 7 1.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Please no.

  • RunningBrave

    F**K!! Why Lord, Why??

  • tomtom

    Karma, muchas.

  • Jose

    very strange that it happened in detriot of all places…hopefully e comes back from it

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That sucks.

  • Angie

    I pray for Kevin Garnett!

  • MikeC.

    Sounds like the same thing that happened last time he hurt his knee. He went up for an easy dunk in Utah and hurt it on the way up. Hopefully it’s just a strain and nothing serious.

  • Metrobus

    Sucker twisted his knee on the way up, watch closely. His foot is going one way while his upper leg and knee is going the opposite. Karma is biatch! As for the celtics and their fans, now they’ll have another excuse when they get SCHOOLED by the HEAT come playoff time. Bunch of old f@rts! Give it up already

  • slamfan4life

    without him and rondo…………..wow gluck beantown!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Calf, hmm? Thats what i first strained before i aggravated it and tore my heel weeks later. Take time to heal, Big Ticket.

  • hobbes

    damn since i’m recovering torn ACL injuries myself, really feel bad for Da Kid

  • Eddie

    Damn KG be out like Dudley from Diff’rent Strokes.

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Looks to me like he strained the calf while pushing-off to grab Ray’s alley. Let’s hope it’s not a major setback. Unless of course you’re a Celtics hater.

  • JTaylor21

    Shame on all you clowns that are happy and talking about karma. You never wish injury on someone and all those who do will get ya issue. I hope KG is fine and that this is only a minor setback.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Bummer.. Hope they dont try to RUSH him back, gonna need him 100% after all star weekend and into the playoffs.. Get well, Kage..

  • Michael

    tmac balled in this game.

  • showtime24

    as laker fan i hate the celtics but it always sucks wen good players get hurt

  • Rabbitman

    and it begins…..

  • http://sdfjklfl.com Jukai

    Why we praying for Kevin Garnett? Dude hurt his leg. Why don’t we pray for people with more serious injuries, damn…

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    didnt look that bad…honestly i think he will be alright…it wasnt a knee or anything. it was a muscle

  • greg

    he will prolly b okay. looks like all the prayers for tmac are working tho he had a great game

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    strained calf huh? …….
    jukai, people can only have one prayer at a time?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I get Jukai. Praying for Garnett’s injury seems over the top since it’s not life threatening. Nothing is wrong with it but it seems a little extra.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Not to be outdone in the spotlight, Bosh starts to hit himself in the knee with a hammer.

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com Eboy

    Yes this is the Heats time to shine and rise up in the east!

  • http://sdfjklfl.com Jukai

    Tarzan: Nothing is wrong with it as long as yer praying for all the people with AIDS and cancer and debilitating physical diseases and genetic defects… it’s a calf injury, for chrissakes. He’ll heal. He’s not going to lose a leg. We’re going to pray for him so HE CAN GET BACK TO PLAYING BASKETBALL. That’s way over the top.

  • http://slamonline The D Train

    I’m just sayin’, I love the smell of girl’s feet, and sometimes pay fat chicks to spit on me.. A little perved, but thats just me…. I love you all!!

  • Ansonpanson

    ray allen has incredibly toned calves

  • Will Lee

    he’ll be back full strength

  • rayray

    anyone praying for kevin garnett’s sore calf muscle needs to GET A LIFE

  • EJ

    I’m kinda happy for this, even tho I’m injured too.

  • hoodsnake

    Its not like he will go broke if he never gets healthy. And Go HEAT!

  • ClydeSays

    Hope it really is just a calf or knee strain. KG, take a seat. You deserve a break…

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  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Hey, Jukai:
    You remind me of Alex P. Keaton.
    You are the Alex P. Keaton of SLAM.
    I’m a winner. Psshh. lol

  • benno

    gotta love kg, showed how he was a true proffesional last night charlie v shoulder barged him- Get well soon kg!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/_K_O _K_O

    calf injury? no chance. Ya don’t cringe like that with a calf strain…and the takeoff was all around awkward on his right knee. Here’s hoping its a mild short-term thing

  • marc

    Did anyone else notice that tayshaun grilled kg when he got fouled? lol. Good thing its just a calf strain though.

  • Reign

    KG has always been 1 of my favorite players, it hurts 2 see him get injured every season. Wish him and the Celtics the best

  • ErnieD

    Looked pretty painful. I get so much as a cramp in my calf muscle and I’m wincing like KG. Agreed, I’m soft.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    No sympathy from this corner of the globe. Bah, humbug!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    it doesn’t seem strange to you that you think praying for garnett is ok only if you pray for people with more serious problems but you didn’t see the point of bringig up more serious crimes when discussing vick?
    Seema like your saying that focusing on garnett for prayer when there are so many other worthy things to pray about is stupid.
    Kind of like focusing so much outrage on vick when there are bigger crimes and injustices.

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    @allen: No, actually those two things seem totally unrelated at every angle I can think of. Maybe you can elaborate?
    My point was Garnett doesn’t need your prayers, while I believe that Michael Vick really did need to be incarcerated.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Treat people like you want to be treated and Charlie V kept bumping you. You did nothing, then all of a sudden you get hurt on a simple dunk. I can’t stand Garnett and he gets what he deserves, He needs to go back on TV with Bill Russell and cry some more of winning games, then act like on the court he is a Beast only to role players. Get hurt some more soon Garnett.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Did I say he didn’t need to be incarcerated?
    I said that the level of.outrage directed at him was out of sync with his crime. One of your contentions was that people were bringig up other crimes in the nfl, drunk driving in particular, like the enforcement or outrage related to those crimes was related to what happened to vick.
    You seemed to think that vick’s punishment had nothing to with the punishment other people received.
    I am wondering how you could say that in that case but then think that something is wrong with praying for garnett because there are other people who need prayers.
    How can vick’s crimes exist in a vacuum but garnett’s prayers be dependent on other people’s problems.

  • fitzy

    its pretty sad when people are happy that another living breathing human being got hurt playing a game he poured his life into.

  • http://yahoo.com xtopher

    K A R M A!!!

  • tRay

    People are pathetic being cheery over someone getting hurt Jesus Christ y’all need to calm down it’s just a f*ckin game damn

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Great analogy allen.

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    It’s a terrible analogy. My point was that Vick’s outrage was perfectly founded for what he did, while the other (three) examples you continuously brought up should have garnered MORE outrage.
    If you do not agree with me, then you seem to think that because the crimes you mentioned got little to no attention and punishment, Vick should have gotten off scott free.
    Regardless, I still don’t see the connection.
    I said people were giving Garnett too much attention.
    I said people were treating Vick the way he deserved.
    I also said people trying to DEFEND Vick by bringing up other cases made no sense and were not relevant, because those cases do not vindicate Michael Vick or make him any better in my mind. What does that have to do with me thinking that people praying for Garnett’s calf sprain for the sake of the Eastern Conference Finals is way outrageous and near-sacrilegious?
    It just seems like you’re trying to bring back the Michael Vick fight. Didn’t you say something to the effect that you’d save a serial killer and let a German Shepperd die or something? I don’t really think we have the same mindsets to even debate this.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You didn’t say it was sacrilege you said it was stupid because other people are deserving of prayer.
    I said the outrage directed at vick was stupid because other people were far more deserving or outrage.
    we will never agree on the value of animal life and human life but that doesn’t mean my analogy doesn’t make sense.
    And honestly I am not trying to call you dishonest or soemthing. I am just pointing out how feelings.change in different situations.

  • http://all33sports.blogspot.com heat4itALL

    think its cuz of those chinese shoes hes wearing?

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    I’m not religious so don’t take my ‘sacrilege’ comment seriously. Perhaps you’re putting too much stock on my comment about others deserving prayer.
    My point was, people who deserve prayer are the people battling cancer, the people in harsh third world regimes, the people who are going hungry and the people who are missing loved ones. There are thousands of people out there deserving prayer.
    Praying for KG’s knees for the sake of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals is f*cking ridiculous and DOESN’T DESERVE PRAYER. It’s not about being more deserving, it’s about not deserving at all.
    Once again, the Vick thing is totally different. Vick deserved his outrage and others deserved more outrage. Your problem is, you feel Vick didn’t deserve the sh*t he got. “Hey, he killed a couple of dogs, he made a small profit, forgettaboutit, right?” So perhaps it’s hard for you to fathom that Vick got exactly what he deserved, and he’ll never redeem himself in many people’s eyes.
    Those others deserved more outrage.
    There’s no sliding scale on outrage, and I guess there’s no sliding scale on prayers either, so maybe there’s some fault in my logic. Praying for KG’s thigh so you have more entertainment come May and August is dumb. Beyond imagination.
    So, in essence, I still don’t see how the two situations relate.

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    Sorry, let me retract the statement that Vick got what he deserved— he got what he deserved in MY MIND. Justice is subjective.

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    You know, I’ll leave on this note: had you said that MY outrage for should be higher for Stallworth and Roethlisberger and all the others who got off easy, then there would be a comparison.
    And my outrage is higher. I don’t know much about Stallworth, but from what I read, I’m absolutely mystified how he got out of it. And I hate R*pethlisberger wayyyyyyyy more than I hate Vick, I think the dude should be locked up AWAY from society.
    Saying Vick deserves less outrage because of those who got off is totally different.

  • alex80

    Hey Kev!!! WTF???? what’s with those ugly ass lookin’ sneakers you wearin’ …..
    Get better fool.

  • alex80

    @ Jukai. You’re in our prayers too man.

  • Heals

    You know your fandom has gone too far when you’re scouring the web looking for latest update on a injury to someone that’s not in your family. I need help…

  • vtrobot

    there’s no karma, there’s no god. there are lots of haters and b*tches tho. get better, KG.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Get well soon, KG. There’s nothing wrong with saying that. But co-sign Jukai for the most part… Though I’d go as far as saying there should have been MORE outrage at Mike Vick (and others like him… Not JUST him), since for some strange, f’ed up reason people are treating him like a victim.
    OKAY I’m not having this discussion. Feel free to reply, folks, but I’m out.

  • http://Slam KobeSucks!!!

    Wow Celtics Are My Second Fav Team In The NBA Miami Heat First And I Hope Nothing To Serious Happend To Him!

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    No matter how much I prove and prod,
    I cannot quite believe in God;
    But oh, I hope to God that He unswervingly believes in me.
    (Edgar Yipsel Harburg)

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    For those who think Vick got what he deserved need to do some research and read some real articles from professional dog handlers who deal with situations Vick put himself in. Alot of those experts states Vick got to much time and most don’t get prison time, just a hefty fine and some years probation. What Vick got was not right and alot of people do this, but it does not make it right. There are alot of people higher than Vick that have been implicated of fighting and killing dogs and got not time in prison or way less time in prison. Vick was made an example of as a black man. Also people don’t know this but, more white people make money off dog fighting than blacks. Vick not goes talk each week to young folks about changing their life no matter what they do that is wrong and will always be under a microscope for some bad decisions. Also people need to realize that Vick grew up in a culture where dog fighting was not a big deal and everyone did it in his community also the cops allowed dog fighting to take place in his area from articles I read really getting into detail how he got started. He was done wrong, that’s why people are still upset about it. People who commit sexual assaults, murder, stealing get less time than what Vick got for killing animals, but VICK is OUT and playing great, so take that HYPOCRITES who do nothing WRONG and live in GLASS HOUSES, but like to throw stones. BOOK IT!!!!!

  • the nerve

    i’ll bodyslam vick on the hood of hiz own bentley

  • BostonBaller

    Everyone deserves prayer..period. As far as the Vick thing..his crimes were terrible but he got too much time. two sisters got life for their part in an $11.00 robbery and got out after 16yrs b/c the state didn’t want to pay medical bills for one of them. scum never see a courtroom when the have diplomatic immunity even after murdering a person. Justice is subjective but this is hoop. let’s play ball.

  • BostonBaller

    Metrobus, does venom taste good when choked upon? I give no excuses for my team losing but there are no excuses for some fans jumping from team to team depending on how they look . Oh..I’m a Cavs fan ..no no now I’m a Heat fan. lol. I stay true to my team regardless..even during the dark days. When some of my fav players were traded I didn’t jump ship I just wished them well and watched them play all the while being loyal to MY C’s. It’s funny how some fans get a renewed hope and BOLDNESS. lol when the team they fear gets dealt a blow. Enjoy it while you can b/c these old farts my pass gas in your city and leave you lost in the midst of funky defeat. hahahaha..have fun.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out @BostonBaller.

  • Yep

    ya’ll are on some crazy ish sayin dudes shouldn’t pray for whatever the heck they wanna pray for. dude is hurt. ppl pray for him to get better. that’s a nice thing to do for him. ya’ll aren’t the ones who decide the level of importance of someone’s prayer. most people wake up and pray they are happy today. is that a wasted prayer? because they aren’t praying for genocides in africa? don’t go starting a moral and philosophical argument while trying to place some arbitrary quantitative value on someone’s prayers, that’s straight ignorant.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Kevin Garnetts calves have got a whole lot of miles on them. I hope the FULL SQUAD are ready to go come play off time.

  • BostonBaller

    WZUP Philosopher?! It’s been a while but I’m here and luv’n what I’m reading. How long have you been down with SLAMdome? Hey Yep, very well put and right on point.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Co-sign Yep, also.
    I was really going to ask a couple commenters about why people should not pray for what they want to pray for. I mean, some people up here really, REALLY have a “God complex”.
    And, they have had this affliction for a long while.
    I will not say names, for I am entirely sure that they know who they are.
    Since when does it matter what people pray for? Muslims pray 5 times a day, no? Are any of those prayers wasted prayers? What is a wasted prayer, anyway?
    Is one man’s/woman’s prayer better and more meaningful than another person’s?

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I have been commenting on SLAM for a little over a year now. If counting by seasons, I am in my “second season”. I love this site immensely, as you may know.
    I wish that you were up here more often for, you are always classy and courteous to everyone that I have seen you address. And, you, to me, always have an uplifting, intelligent comment.
    Happy New Year, my brother, and Happy New Year to all of The SLAM Brethren.

  • BostonBaller

    Much respect to you Philosopher and have a Blessed New Year. I’ve only been on here a little over a year if that long but I’ve been down with SLAM since ish #1. Hands down the best mag in the business. The site is tight and regardless of whether I agree with each comment or not there is Freedom of speech. Tough loss to the Hornets but it’s a long season.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Phil and bosballr, you two done blowing each other?

  • BostonBaller

    lol. tarzan knows nothing about mutual respect? tarzan knows nothing more than bad mouthing? tarzan open mouth & insert jane’s foot,

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Nah, BostonBaller, Tarzan is cool.
    He is just frustrated because I have previously exposed his tactlessness AND extreme insensitivity, for he engages in the act of…
    dunking on females on the basketball court. smh

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Then is proud because said female ball player was bigger and better than him.
    Perhaps we shall never know her true pedigree.
    Anyways, he even taunted AND laughed at her as he triumphantly trotted back on defense. At least that is what he told the world.
    I, personally, believe that he EVEN performed some sort of “one man gang” full court press all the way up court (guarding her aggressively) after said flush.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    lmfao at phil. youre too crazy

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out @Tarzan Cooper!
    One of my guys.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    My new years resolution is to be more like the philosopher………………… …………. ……… And smash an asian chick…. …….. A fine one, not just any old one just to say she was asian……… ……. ….. And more fine yellabones for that matter…………..