There aren’t many things that can keep the Boston Celtics from their perch atop the NBA standings. Losing Kevin Garnett, however, likely has the power to keep them out of the conversation of NBA title contenders
Celtics fans are holding their breath after the forward left Wednesday’s game in Detroit with what looked to be a right knee injury. The team tweeted shortly after that Garnett injured himself going up for a dunk, and that he had suffered a “right leg injury.” According to the CSNNE broadcast of the game, it is being stressed that it is not a knee injury.
Garnett, of course, injured his right knee in a 2009 game in Utah. That injury caused Garnett to miss the rest of the 2008-09 season, including the playoffs.
The injury on Wednesday abruptly ended Garnett’s night during the first quarter. The power forward immediately grimaced in pain and went down at center court, intentionally fouling to stop the play. According to the CSNNE’s Greg Dickerson, reporting on the network’s telecast, Garnett walked to the locker room under his own power, but was reportedly experiencing pain.
According to multiple reports, the X-rays came back negative, but Garnett will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine whether or not any structural damage was done. It is being reported that Garnett’s calf muscle is the source of the injury, and Thursday’s MRI will determine the severity of the injury.
According to head coach Doc Rivers, he expects that Garnett’s injury is “muscle related” and suggested that the forward will “miss games.”