Kevin Garnett Injury: Updates on Celtics Star's Foot

Tim KeeneyContributor IMarch 23, 2013

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 8: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics reacts following a takeaway in the final seconds of overtime against the Atlanta Hawks during the game on March 8, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Kevin Garnett just can't get healthy. 

UPDATE: Saturday, April 13, at 1:25 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to Marc D'Amico of, Doc Rivers expects Garnett back in the lineup tonight:

Pierce and Garnett both sat out Friday night’s game due to sore left ankles. Doc Rivers said he expects both to play tonight to help the C’s get back on track before their final home game of the season on Tuesday.

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 4, at 9:15 a.m ET by Michael Cahill

Baxter Holmes of say that the Celtics star could make his return as early as Friday. 

Holmes reports: 

A team source said that forward Kevin Garnett, who missed his seventh consecutive game with inflammation in his left ankle, is expected to return to action Friday against the Cavaliers.


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UPDATE: Sunday, Mar. 31, at 12:34 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging and disappointing news out of Boston. Although Kevin Garnett is progressing, he will not play in tonight's game against the Knicks, according to Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

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UPDATE: Monday, March 25 at 2:13 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Celtics fans, as Kevin Garnett (ankle) now could miss two weeks of action, according to ESPN's Chris Forsberg.

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Kevin Garnett is battling inflammation in his injured left ankle and estimated the team will give him two weeks off to recover...

...'I'll guess two weeks, just because we want to make sure he's really ready' Ainge said of Garnett's recovery timeline.

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UPDATE: Monday, March 25 at 1:15 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rough news for Celtics fans, as Kevin Garnett could miss more game action, according to WEEI's Mike Petraglia.

The Celtics will almost certainly be without Kevin Garnett when they take on the Knicks Tuesday night at TD Garden, according to coach Doc Rivers.

Rivers said Garnett injured his left foot against the Mavericks and the discomfort forced him to miss Saturday’s game in Memphis. He was sent back to Boston for an MRI and Rivers said before Monday’s practice that the team is still awaiting results of that exam.

Celtics Hub's Brian Robb has more from Rivers:

'I don’t know what long term is. Is he not going to play this year? I don’t worry about that. Can he miss four or five games? Yeah, that’s probably possible. I don’t know that [he will], but him being out [long-term] is not a concern for me.'

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The Boston Celtics' veteran big man recently returned from a hip injury that forced him to miss two games, but he is already dealing with a new ailment that will once again keep him out of the lineup.

Celtics play-by-play announcer Sean Grande has the news:

The Celtics' official Twitter account, meanwhile, calls it an ankle problem:

As long as KG's newest malady isn't anything serious, the good news here is that the Celtics are already a near lock for the postseason.

With 12 games remaining, Boston currently sits in seventh place in the East. It is just two games ahead of Milwaukee, but Philadelphia is another eight games behind the Bucks. 

At this point, getting Garnett healthy for the playoffs is clearly priority No. 1 for Doc Rivers and Co., because even at 36, the big man is still a crucial piece to this team.

In 30 minutes per game, KG is averaging 14.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks.

Moreover, as ESPN Stats & Info pointed out the last time he was injured, the Celtics are simply better defensively when he's on the court:

Nevertheless, the Celtics fortunately have depth.

Jeff Green has made it crystal clear what he is capable of when Garnett is out of the lineup. In four starts, the athletic power forward is averaging 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals. As you might remember, he dropped 43 against Miami a couple of nights ago in KG's stead. 

Brandon Bass, who recorded a double-double against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, has also been playing well recently. 

While their play has to calm Boston's nerves at least a little bit, the Celtics are obviously in a better position for success when their star is in the lineup. 

We'll be sure to keep you updated on Garnett's status.