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KG injures his lower leg vs. Pistons

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Kevin Garnett injured his surgically repaired right knee going up for a dunk against the Pistons.  He clearly was in a lot of pain after coming off the court. 

It looked a lot like the first knee injury that knocked KG out in that he hurt it on the way up… and he didn't want to put any weight on it after he came down. 

We're still waiting for word on what it might be…. but I'll be honest… I don't like this one bit.


UPDATE:  Sherrod Blakely tweets:

X-rays on KG came back negative. That means that there is no fracture. Will not return, obviously

Well… it's not a break.  Now it's MRI time to see if there's any ligament damage.

UPDATE 2: CBS Sports reports:   

Ken Berger reports a team spokesman for the Celtics confirmed the injury for KG is NOT the right knee, lower leg.

I changed the headline to reflect that… though I'm not 100% sold on this being something other than his knee.  Call me skeptical if you want… I'm not gonna believe it until we get MRI results

UPDATE 3:  C's radio play-by-play man Sean Grande tweets:

No fracture, MRI Thu for KG. Players indicating its not as bad as it looked.

That's most certainly the best news yet.  The last 2 updates are certainly skewing towards the positive side.    

UPDATE 4:  Not the knee

CSNNE officially reports via Celtics that it is NOT KG's knee that was injured. It is a calf injury.

That is good news, right?  Please let this be good new and not "ok, it's a calf injury, but it's a REALLY bad calf injury" news.

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  • Alex

    I’m cursing immensely right now.
    I was PRAYING that it was just an ankle tweak… but no… when I saw him holding his knee… my eyes watered.

  • chris

    it didnt look good…not at all

  • Did you hear the clown yell “that’s what you get for making fun of cancer victims.”
    Detroit… home of degenerates.

  • chris

    i think the season just ended

  • javagoogle

    It’s o.k… His game’s still/always be a joke.
    Everybody else; relax. It’s gon be just fine.

  • Steve

    Why ya’ll so worried, we got Semih Erden and Jermaine O’Neal.

  • low leg injury from celtics twitter

  • Well … If this is it KG … Thank you for turning this franchise back around … 2008 was a blast and all of Boston has enjoyed having you as part of the Celtic tradition. HofF & I hope to see #5 raised to the rafters!!!

  • misel

    kinda felt like i was in twilight zone when i saw that… gawd… >.<

  • CFH

    I was considering buying a plane ticket to Detroit just to visit that guy…

  • Doop

    Holy shiznit…This SUCKS. I hope our season didn’t just go down the drain. We can only wait and see what’s going to happen…but wow, this really isn’t good for our championship aspirations. I’m devastated right now.

  • Bas Rutten Jr.

    God damn it.

  • BRADinLA

    Wait, so if there’s no fracture then is that it, he’s gonna be fine soon? Or are there other possible, horrible outcomes? Can we breathe a little more easily now? PLEASE!


    No fracture just means no bone damage. There could be ligament damage, which can be just as bad/worse than bone breaks.

  • DRJ

    No… sorry… the x-ray would only show a fracture or a bone chip pulled off, etc. The really bad stuff happens in the ligaments, for which the x-ray is useless. MRI will decide…..

  • DRJ

    I’m trying to think of a silver lining… anything… Worst thing was the way KG hid his face in his hands, like he just knew something very bad had just happened….. My heart took a hit…..What a disgusting, useless, piece of crap game….

  • NineSevenEight

    Fingers crossed it’s nothing more than a sprain.

  • CFH

    The anguish on his face was physically painful to see.
    But that at least could have been the result of fear that might ultimately be unwarranted, exacerbated upset that it had to happen against that moron Charlie V and his followers. Just because he thought he knew his knee went out again didn’t mean he’s right.

  • Matt

    Tweet from Grande saying players think it looked worse than it is. Possible a calf injury. That’s one bright side.
    Another bright side, the Celtics are MUCH deeper with the rest of the roster in a weaker eastern conference than they were in 2009.

  • DRJ

    That’s true.
    Now tomorrow’s MRI is set to impact this entire season, KG’s career, #18, everything… I hope they tell us what it shows….

  • doesn’t matter we are a much different team defensively without KG

  • Jared

    I feel sick. Id always hoped it wouldnt end like this.
    I hold no hope for a positive outcome on the MRI. Too much symmetry.
    I wonder if the club is going to be forthright with information regarding the results.
    Dark clouds, friends.

  • My guess..a right calf strain. He pushed off real hard to go up and get that pass. Will be a long day for us tomorrow. Hoping and waiting.

  • JD

    Yeah, I hate to feed the trolls, but in the 08 Finals PP was ok after it seemed he may have hurt his knee/leg really bad in Game 1. I think he was just scared that something bad may have happened as well.

  • kathy

    so this is how the big three era ends? just
    great. celts have gone through so much adversity, and fate seems to test them some way every season, and this is how it ends? celtics go through so much more compared to the other contending teams. i feel sick too.

  • NOO

    Would that fall he took from the Magic game have anything to do with what happened tonight?
    The worst part is that there was no contact whatsoever, and the way he chose to land on one foot looked eerily similar to the first time he injured his knee in Utah. Seeing him cover his face with his hands, looking completely dejected, I seriously don’t know if things will be okay.

  • Classless

    The team saying it’s not the knee means nothing. If you remember, the team strung fans along in order to sell playoff tickets back in 2009.
    If it is, in fact, the same knee then season over.

  • DRJ

    There is good news. They have said outright now that it is NOT the knee. Also, they’re saying it’s a “lower leg” injury. “Lower leg EXCLUDES the knee, technically. And from the look of the injury… can’t really say anything close to certain. It COULD be calf, certainly. That would be a hell of reaction for a calf injury where he wasn’t even touched.
    But… I think this IS good news. Signs are pointing AWAY from the right knee. At least… sleep tonight is now possible 🙂

  • javagoogle

    We really like that the whole bench took to the floor to go support KG when ‘that’ happened.

  • Jared

    Vodka aided sleep in my case.
    I wish your optimism was infectious. Maybe im just immune.

  • Jesus

    Alright, let’s not declare the season over just yet. We gotta wait for the MRI tomorrow. Lets keep our fingers crossed guys. Good thing is, if it’s a minor injury, he will have more than enough time to recover before the playoffs.

  • FcukRed

    KG–you old fcuk!!!

  • javagoogle

    That ‘Zimmer’ ad (top left of this page) for knee surgery:
    Is. Really. Annoying.
    Matter of fact, I will not be buying anything from those mofos. Ever.

  • Celtics

    Doc deemed it a “muscle” injury in his post game press conference, hinted that it might not be a serious injury, but expects Garnett to miss a few games.


    This injury happens during acceleration or changes in direction. The torn calf muscle may spasm, and contract forcefully. The toes will point down. Bruises show up in the foot and ankle due to pooling of blood from internal bleeding.
    Calf strains may be minor or very severe and physician grade the injury according:
    * Grade 1 Calf Strain : The muscle is stretched causing some small micro tears in the muscle fibers. Full recovery takes approximately two weeks.
    * Grade 2 Calf Strain : There is partial tearing of muscle fibers. Full recovery takes approximately 5-8 weeks.
    * Grade 3 Calf Strain : This is the most severe calf strain with a complete tearing or rupture of muscle fibers in the lower leg. Full recovery can take 3-4 months and, in some instances, surgery may be needed.

  • Eddie Carroll

    Someone with a tore ligament could never stay kneeling like he was, just look to the scene again. He doesnt sit, he doesnt roll around, he stayed kneeling for a while. Thats impossible for some dude with his size with a ligament injury to stay that way, he would turn himself on the floor.
    I bet its something on the outside part of the calf.
    He was scared, so thats why he reacted that way.
    The team also got nervous and the game was done by the second quarter
    Its not bone, not ligamet, its muscular.
    That doesnt mean it will be simple, but definetly its not ligament

  • DRJ

    …which comports with what they’re saying. They’re not very reliable, but all signs are nevertheless pointing AWAY from that right knee. Very good news.

  • “Nothing is over. NOTHING.” -John Rambo

  • Mileke

    KG will be ok, he walked off on his own power, and probally couldve come back to play tonight!!!!! But hey it’s life, “Its all about 18!!!!!