Boston Celtics Watch: Kevin Garnett Leaves Game with Knee Injury

Mike MehtaContributor IIDecember 29, 2010

BOSTON - DECEMBER 01:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics reacts after his basket in fourth quarter against the Portland Trailblazers on December 1, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Trailblazers 99-95. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Kevin Garnett left the game against the Detroit Pistons late in the first quarter tonight with an apparent right knee injury.  

Garnett took a pass from Ray Allen for a slam dunk, and appeared to land cleanly.  He limped towards half court though and went to his knees screaming in pain.

Garnett left the court on his own power and was seen walking on his own will.  No word yet on the injury's severity, but he has been sent for X-rays and will not return to the game.

The Celtics will rely on Center-Forwards Glen Davis and Jermaine O'Neal to carry the load in Garnett's absence.

Garnett injured his right knee two seasons ago in a game against the Utah Jazz in February 2009.

*Update:  The X-rays show no fractures and KG will be further evaluated when the team returns to Boston.

*The injury has been reported as a muscle ailment and does not appear to be a season ending injury.  Doc Rivers stated, "I don't think it's bad.  I'm not that concerned. He's going to miss games probably -- I don't know how many -- but I don't think it'll be that long. Listen, it happens."

(Hard to be optimistic despite Doc's words.  Celtics fans heard the same thing two seasons ago regarding KG.  We expected him to come back while the Celtics were unable to give us a definite time line.  Hopefully KG doesn't miss too much time, but the rest should do him good regardless.)