Doc Rivers Isn’t Ready to Shut Down Injured KG

by January 08, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni

As you know, the Boston Celtics have been playing pretty terribly of late. It’s a testament to how truly amazing their early-season run was that after absorbing their third consecutive defeat last night (at home to the Rockets), they now only have eight losses in total.

Still, things don’t look right in Beantown, and to make matters worse, the team’s best player has been slowed by a calf injury. But that doesn’t mean he can expect any time off to nurse the injury.

From the Boston Globe:

“He has soreness all over his body right now,” coach Doc Rivers said of Garnett, who sustained a calf injury in the 100-88 loss in New York last Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch for us. We’re going to get a break later, we just have to get through this. I’m taking him out earlier than usual. We just have to make do with what we have.”

Asked if Garnett needed time off to recover, Rivers said, “If I thought it was something where it could cost us later, but it’s not anywhere near that at all.”

With huge games on the docket, such as the one on Friday night, Doc can ill afford to take Kevin off the floor. He just better hope the injury is as minor as he’s leading everyone to believe.