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KG Gone for Entire Playoffs?

RedsArmyAdmin April 16, 2009 Uncategorized 37 Comments

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.

Garnett's reaction?

"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.

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  • Gant

    This is bad news, but not unexpected.

  • Matty S.

    I KNEW it. WTF. This is no Belichickean trick. There is something seriously wrong and there has been something wrong since before the All-Star break. I’m not sure who said it in a previous post, but this is the WORST management of an injury I have seen in a while.

  • Hrvoje

    What are you all talking about??? worst management of an injury?? whast does that mean? some fans get so annoying at times….

  • Ryan (UNH)

    1st Round will last almost 2 weeks probably. We just have to hope KG can be better by then… nothing else we can do.

  • Danno

    The Globe just announced it.
    He’s out for the season.
    Game Over.

  • CFH

    Is it okay if I delude myself into thinking that leprechaun magic will unexpectedly heal his knee in time for the ECF, and he’ll be back even though it’s been announced he wouldn’t?
    Too bad.
    I need to stick with that delusion for now.
    Baby and Leon, give ‘em hell. Win a round or two… and don’t go out easy.

  • rcry

    Ok so for the playoffs, the Big Three refers to Pierce, Allen, and Rondo…
    Unlike last year, no one’s doubting Rondo in the playoffs. But I’m not sure how comforting this new Big Three is…

  • Alex

    Now we are officially screwed.
    It was Tom Brady that gets injured. Now it’s Kevin Garnett.
    Looks like Lady Luck isn’t on the Boston side.

  • DRJ

    The truth about KG has been known for weeks. It was posted here several times, and elsewhere. KG’s agent has said that he has loose cartilage in his knee. That condition CANNOT get better with “rehab” or time. It can only be fixed by arthroscopic surgery to remove the loose bodies floating around in his knee.
    If they never tried to get the cartilage out of there, that would stand as a totally idiotic decision. Most likely they DID try, early on, but either they missed some piece(s) or the problem recurred. By then it was too late to go in again and expect him to heal in time for the playoffs. (He will certainly need arthroscopy in the off-season.)
    We’ve known these facts for weeks now. For some strange reason, the major media has not really reported it, though the original story was posted by an ESPN reporter. Doesn’t matter. WE KNOW what’s wrong with KG. And the fact is, and has been for weeks, that whenever he exercises that leg, he takes the risk of having it lock up on him at ANY MOMENT, which would instantly and completely incapacitate him. Even if it doesn’t lock up, the loose cartilage causes ongoing pain and inflammation. So that’s the story. KG will not be 100%, and could go to 0% at any moment. From the sound of things this morning, looks like we will have to win this thing with 0% KG.
    All the more glory if the guys get it done anyway. Yeah…. with Big Baby, and Leon Powe, and guys like Mikki Moore and the rookie stepping up. Maybe Marbury will fly high. We know Paul and Ray will be stepping up.
    We can do this thing, and now if/when we do, it will be the greatest story of all.

  • Mizzle

    call me crazy but i’m still confident we make it to the ECF no problem, and then who knows how KG is feeling. I remember KG’s first home game after returning from the injury this year (clippers) and although he was a step slow he still had a huge impact out there on the defensive end. if he could give that 16-20 mins in the ECF just like he did a few weeks ago I really believe the C’s can still make a run at the Cavs and possibly #18. i’m pretty sure KG is still “cleared” medically isn’t he? I think it would take a small army to stop him from getting on the court in the ECF even if he is only 70% despite anything that Doc tries to say.

  • BigBad&Green

    FU BigMck. I told u that crap was gonna come back and bite us in the ass. I hope u realize what u did and decide to maybe think twice before u write some bull next time. It’s all your fault prick! Best thing u can do for all celtics fans is apologize and think about a different profession. Try plumber u seem to be good with shit!

  • dave

    Just shoot him up with cortisone every quarter, he’s near the end of his career anyway.
    Nah, it sucks but this is sports; shit like this is always happening. It hurts a lot and it’s going to make it a hell of lot more difficult to defend the title, but I believe in the other guys and will take it series by series, game by game.
    I hope the legend of Leon Powe is born this year

  • AboveTheRim

    well at least we got Tony Allen back…
    Defend The Title!!

  • NineSevenEight

    KG’s out.
    Time for the role players to make names for themselves on the national level. And not for anything but, I would appreciate it if KG got over his “rather play than watch” mentality and be a presence on the bench to give his teammates an emotional lift. It’s about the team now. It’s time.
    Still a shame we’ll never get to see how these Celtics, old and new, would have performed together completely and 100% healthy and jelled…for shame.

  • Doctor Hardwood

    BigMck,
    Is bigbad&green really banned? Please?!
    That might be the only GOOD news today!

  • Fsantos33

    Expect a flock of troll creepers entering soon
    I am not surprised by this news at all. Get KG in surgery now and stop wasting time. They’ve already wasted time since the all star break so get KG in now and then he can be 100% for next year. He might risk blowing out his knee and end his career if he plays in these playoffs. Why risk it….
    It’s a lot to ask for these guys to defend the title without KG. Can they do it? I don’t know. We have no choice but to wait and see……

  • Double p reppin the b

    I might be in the minority but I think we can still hang with anybody in this league. I watched this team handle the cavs in Boston without kg a month ago, if the guys get hot we could still win it all. If pierce can carry us thru the hard times it will not only be one of the best things I’ve ever seen but maybe givehim the respect he deserves

  • Joe Laker Fan

    As a Laker fan, I do NOT wanna see KG sit out. The Lakers can beat Boston WITH him, which happened twice this season. I fear that we’ll hear a lot of talk like, “We would have won it all if we had KG,” which is simply untrue.

  • http://thelakersnation.com Magic32

    Well, well, well. You finally have an excuse for not making to LA in June. And if you do, you have an excuse for losing. Maybe your wierd leprechaun can do some kind of dance and make everything better. Too bad, it could have been a fun series. There’s always next year….or is there?

  • G4L

    Well theres only one thing to do now… Cheer our ass’s off for OUR CELTICS!! We still have two future HOF, the C’s can pull this off especially with the way Big Baby has been playing the last 2 months plus Powe & marbury playing better! PERK needs to take it up a notch!!
    LETS DO THIS!!
    p.s. how much does not landing Joe Smith really sting now.

  • Sean

    If anything this will help out those looking to get great odds on the Celtics winning the Championship. KG will come back for the second series and the defending champs will somehow be HEAVY underdogs.

  • http://thelakersnation.com Chamberlain13

    But didn’t we beat you WITH KG and WITHOUT Bynum? What exactly were the excuses then?

  • lakers aint shit until they dethrone us

    I still believe! Ubuntu!

  • JDMVP

    As a Laker fan this is bad news for me now that we won´t see the best of the celtics and the lakers come june but hey this things happens just look at what happend with Bynum last season,Shit happens.

  • from sg

    shush laker pricks.

  • LA Native C’s Fan

    Not over? Even Odom was crying about how how hard the Celtics were playing in the 4th quarter of that game because the result was determined. If a 30+ lead with a few minutes left in the game isn’t over what is (certainly not a 24 point lead in the 3rd quarter as we all well know).

  • Cath

    This sucks, though everyone could see it coming. I think the Cs can go to the conference finals, but it’ll be tough to get by the Cavs without KG in there disrupting the middle.

  • laker1

    This is BS i want the celtics at full strength in the playoffs, as a laker fan it wont feel right without them in there if/when we win.Ill admit last year i said that it was the celtics year long before they won, and I did not make excuses that we lost we were out played in the finals that simple. Whether bynum was there are not.
    I also dont agree with the fact that all laker fans are unintellegent i feel i am so dont lump us all in there please.
    Also i know bynum is no kg but he is our defensive anchor like garnett is yours, he doesent do all garnet does but we still made it through the arguably the toughest conference in nba history last year, you all can make it through the east this year.
    GOOD LUCK
    ps sorry for the poor grammar holding my one year old

  • CelticBalla32

    I think he will be back. Doc keeps saying “he’s not ready” and “I don’t think he’ll be ready.” But being ready and playing through it are two different things. KG is going to suit up in the postseason, in my opinion. It may not be in the first round, but some time shortly after, I think we’ll be seeing #5 on the court again.
    With that said, this is still a big punch to the gut. I feel sick to my stomach.

  • Matt

    Kg out for the playoffs, geez, even God hates Boston this year.

  • Lakerhater

    This sucks but……I refuse to hang my head….DRJ is right, lets win it anyway and write one for the history books. GO CELTICS.
    And remember all you Celtic haters..its Paul motherf*ckin Pierce who has buried your overhyped teams over and over, and he looks pretty healthy to me.

  • who da guy

    its time for paul pierce to prove that he is one of the greatest basketball players to ever step on the face of this earth. Its the truth time, add to that a little jesus, some big baby, and before you know, everyone is gonna get ronndoed!!! just watch!

  • Al

    Noooooooooo!!!!!! Come on BBD and Powe!!!! I see Powe putting up some big games but will be a struggle gettin past the Cavs….
    Sounds like the Lakers have got it won reading some of this crap…..

  • BostonFansSucks

    HHAHAHAHA look at all you little nobs,that’s right now what go cry because that’s all you’ll be doing this summer. Celtics and Cavs won’t even make it to the finals so case close leprachuans :)

  • John The Laker Fan

    All I need to say to C’s fans is good luck.

  • LA

    c’mon! its not an excuse if KG is injured and definitely you are not underdogs without KG. just look at your team, full of all-stars. its still LA – Boston in the finals 100%. cavs are nothing. they’re only good against not good and not so good teams but against boston, la, orlando, c’mon. lebron folds.

  • Anonymous

    lol @ how butthurt people can get. both sides need to just chill the fuck out.