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February 21, 2009

Boston’s Garnett to miss 2-3 weeks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bradford Doolittle @ 9:24 am

The news could have been worse. It looks like the Celtics will be without Kevin Garnett for two or three weeks after the MRI he had in Boston on Friday revealed a posterior muscle strain of the right knee.

In the long run, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue for Boston since KG will have plenty of time to work his way back to full strength for the postseason.

The problem, of course, is that the Celtics are engaged in  a neck-and-neck battle with Cleveland for the top seed in the East.  Boston finishes its current road trip with games in Phoenix, Denver and LA (Clippers). After a soft three-game stretch starting next Friday, Boston then faces Cleveland and Orlando at home and Miami on the road.

The Celtics’ success in winning without Garnett may determine whether his absence is closer to the two or the three week time frame. Last season, the Celtics went 7-2 during the only extended time Garnett missed, so the Celtics can survive this injury. However, Boston’s need to add another big man has become even more acute.

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