Refreshed Kevin Garnett Back at Practice as Celtics Prepare for Cavaliers


Crisis averted.

The Celtics have a healthy Kevin Garnett back on the floor, and he'll be ready to go in Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

After missing Wednesday afternoon's practice with a strained right midfoot, the Celtics' forward returned to action Thursday afternoon, and all indications are that he's back to full strength.

"He was good," coach Doc Rivers said. "He went for most of the practice and he moved very well. So that's good news for us."

Garnett injured the foot toward the end of Game 2 in Cleveland on Monday night. He finished the game, but he required medical attention later and has used the last couple of days to rest and recuperate. Now he's ready to get back out there.

"I'm feeling good, man," Garnett said. "Really good. Had a really good practice today, went pretty hard. Good day."

"I was surprised he went," added Rivers, who had previously ordered him to sit out Wednesday's practice. "[Head trainer Ed Lacerte] and I both. But the swelling went down a lot [Wednesday], and there was basically none today. He said he didn't feel a lot of pain. That was good."

After spending Tuesday getting his foot treated by the Celtics' staff, Garnett was eager to get back on the floor right away. It was tough for him to sit out.

"Very tough," Garnett said. "But we live on the planet of Doc Rivers, and you know, on that planet you sit out some days. You get rest. Yesterday was a productive day, just like today was a productive day. So I look forward to the game [on Friday]."

There's now zero doubt in Garnett's mind that he'll be ready Friday night, when the C's and Cavs take the floor for Game 3 at the TD Garden.

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