Dammit. Kevin Garnett will NOT play in the first round of the playoffs… and maybe more.
Update via the Globe:
An NBA source confirmed to the Globe this morning that Garnett was only about 70 percent healed from the knee injury, which occured during a Feb. 19 game in Utah, and that the Celtics All-Star would likely miss the entire postseason.
Garnett worked out his injured right knee this morning, Rivers said, after which the coach made the radio proclamation: "After watching him run, there's no way. So, we're going to move without him. And the way I saw him move today guys, I don't know if he'll be ready."
Rivers added that Garnett would continue to get treatment in the hopes that he would be able to return at some point.
"At this point after going through all the rehab and looking so good last week … to where he's at today if he can't get through biking and working out without swelling and stiffness … I just don't know how he can play in the playoffs," Rivers said.
"He was frustrated. He was mad at me, mad at everybody. Then he understood," Rivers said. "He put up a fight. He's really frustrated, but that's Kevin. That's why we got him, because he cares so much."
Avery Johnson offers his take of the situation on ESPN.
We're really looking forward to the REAL story of what's going on here.
The inspirational comment of the morning goes to DRJ:
We can do this thing, and now if/when we do, it will be the greatest story of all.