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Doc on KG injury: “I don’t think it’s bad.”

Chuck - Red's Army December 29, 2010 Uncategorized 28 Comments

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Okay everyone… exhale.

I nearly jumped off the couch in jubilation after hearing Doc Rivers talk about KG's injury in the post game press conference:

"I don't think it's bad. I'm not that concerned. He's gonna miss some games probably. I don't think it will be that long."

It appears the injury is muscle related (calf?). We won't know the specifics until the MRI is done tomorrow.

As for the game…

The Celtics played like crap. A season high 21 turnovers. Lots of dribbling, weak screens and very little ball movement on offense.

Detroit was fantastic. Crisp on offense, solid rotations on defense. Pistons shot 55% from the field, 66% from 3FG. It was almost as if the players had switched uniforms.

Paul Pierce (33 points, 11-16 FG, 8 assists) was the only threat on offense. I'm not sure why Ray Allen took only 8 shots (12 points).

Tracy McGrady (21 points, 8 assists) balled like it was 2002.

Bennie Adams is a terrible official.

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  • bowowski@gmail.com

    Good news that its not the knee.
    Watched the replay, any chance its an achilles tendon injury? And if so, what kind of things can happen to that tendon, and what would recovery times be for those variables?
    What is it about Decembers lately?

  • http://www.twitter.com/bostonjerry BostonJerry

    I don’t think I trust Doc on this one.
    No one bumped KG’s calf, so its not some kind of deep muscle bruise. If he tore or strained the muscle on the jump or just after, he wouldn’t have been able to put any weight on that leg.
    Usually when there’s no contact like this play, the injury is just the joint falling apart because of the impact of the jump (or landing).
    It might not be too serious, but I think it’s his knee. I just don’t see how it could be the calf. I hope I’m wrong.

  • NineSevenEight

    Bennie Adams is also incredibly out of shape for his profession. He was panting and sweating profusely through his shirt shortly into the second quarter and beyond. Maybe that is one of the many reasons for his incompetence.
    On another note, do you think that Shaq’s mockery of officiating in recent days has played a role in how the Celtics, as a team, have been treated by the refs?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    Its not the Achilles. Doc says its muscle related.

  • Lee in Oregon

    I need to hear it from a real doc. Still on suicide watch here….he def popped something on the way up, at least it appeared that way.

  • NineSevenEight

    I don’t know, man. Doc gets pretty “doom and gloom” when it comes to even the smallest injury, given the fact that he has such an injury-prone team. I don’t think that he would take something like this, ESPECIALLY a KG injury, too lightly if that weren’t the case. Maybe that’s just the optimist in me.

  • Double P

    Yeah to me this seems all to familiar to what happened 2 years ago. Remember how much mystery was surrounding that injury? We never got a straight answer and it was a “calf” injury for a long time until they finally shut him down and went to surgery. Not feeling to great about this right now but hoping I’m wrong. You don’t go up for a dunk and tuck your leg almost immediately, even on the way up unless its sharp pain from something like a pop or joint issue. I’ll be suprised if this is a calf muscle issue

  • http://celticsblogbannedme.com Brick James

    This is exactly the same spin that was put on in the initial injury of 2008/9. Go watch the video of that Utah game and compare it to tonight. Same setup, same reaction, same lies from Doc post-game. This don’t look good folks.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    From Celtics Twitter:
    Official word on KG: Muscle injury to outside of his right leg, below the knee & above ankle. He is scheduled for MRI tomm

  • NOO

    As far as I know, the Celtics organization never fully disclosed the details regarding KG’s injury. People are saying he’ll be okay just because he was able to walk off without any help tonight, but I do recall KG trying to stretch himself out in hopes of re-entering the Jazz game during the first injury in ’09. I’m pretty sure he further aggravated the knee by trying to return too soon for that 4 or 5 game stretch before they shut him down for the rest of that season.
    What really concerned me tonight was not really the injury itself, it was the frustration and dejection displayed by his body language that really drowned my hopes of this being only a “minor” setback.

  • greenbeand

    he should switch back to adidas

  • Celtics

    This is random but somebody in the crowd said to KG “That’s what happens when you make fun of cancer patients” Shaq then turned around and told him to “shut your ass up”, just shows how close this team is. :)

  • http://www.redsarmy.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    I heard that too-great stuff from Shaq.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    I heard that too-great stuff from Shaq.

  • trytryagain

    Pussy.

  • 11rings

    I once injured a calf muscle, about half way between the knee and ankle, when pushing off hard on that leg to start sprinting up court. I consider myself pretty tough, but the initial pain was so bad that I screamed, fell down, rolled over on my back, and stayed there like an upside-down turtle. I was limping around for two weeks, but the injury really wasn’t so bad. I was back on the court in 4 weeks, even though I did minimal re-hab and no fancy stuff like electro-stim. I’m just saying that tears or strains of the calf muscle can really painful when they happen. Just because it seemed really bad from KG’s reaction doesn’t mean it’s a very serious injury. It stinks what happened, but hopefully he’ll be back on the court soon.

  • Moose

    KG’s reaction was definitely disconcerting, but generally players’ reactions aren’t an accurate barometer about how serious a certain injury is. Paul Pierce in the 2008 NBA Finals comes to mind here.
    Intense players will react to injuries intensely. Remember Welker acting like he’d never play again, towel hiding his face, after he blew out his ACL in Houston last year? Look at him now.

  • DRJ

    Yeah, but the Achilles tendon is muscle-related… it connects the calf muscle to the foot. So yes, it COULD be involved. But it’s not likely to be the primary diagnosis, because it’s pretty easy to see on examination, and if it was the major issue, they would have said so.
    Unless they’re lying again….. (but I doubt that this time).

  • DRJ

    It can reasonably be (partially) torn calf muscle.

  • DRJ

    If he tore a calf muscle, it would be EXTREMELY painful, and given his history in that leg, he would likely have been instantly reminded of his recent surgical woes, would would explain his very intense reaction. I’m satisfied that the probability that it really IS a calf injury is high now.
    Keep in mind that the tests on physical exam for significant ligament damage are excellent. If they’re saying it’s not that, and he (presumably) has pain and swelling in the calf — that’s pretty good evidence. Unless, of course, they’re lying to us again……… (which I doubt).

  • DRJ

    Completely agree.

  • http://www.twitter.com/bostonjerry BostonJerry

    I don’t think they’re taking it lightly. Just holding it close to the vest before the MRI results are in.
    A partially torn calf sounds pretty bad, but at least it wouldn’t be his knee.
    Its gonna be a rough stretch from here on. I hope we’re healthy by the playoffs

  • BRADinLA

    I don’t know much about the injury side fo things, but I agree that the more intense the player the more intense the reaction. Pierce in the wheelchair is a perfect example. He reacted so badly because the stakes were so high as it was the finals. KG is even more likely to get down on himself and think the worst. Let’s just relax until we know for sure.

  • trytryagain

    Karma is a bitch, KG. Ask Charlie V.

  • Walk

    I was at the game last night and I was shocked how many Pistons fans, not talking about Celtics fans at a Pistons game, stood and applauded when KG was taken off the floor. It happened again when he went to the locker room. Quite impressed with the overall sportsmanship / class of the Pistons fans.

  • DRJ

    Were they applauding in appreciation of KG, to honor him…. or to celebrate his injury?

  • Walk

    It was definitely an appreciation / respect type of applaud. I was a few drinks in and wanted it to be a celebratory type of cheer so I could M-F a few people but it was really was classy.

  • trytryagain

    You wouldn’t see that in Boston, now would you?