Kevin Garnett suffered a right leg injury during the first quarter of the Celtics' eventual 104-92 loss to the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
In a play eerily similar to the one nearly two years ago in Utah—the play which eventually cost KG his season and the Celtics a chance to defend their title—Garnett went up for an emphatic jam on a lob pass and came down hobbling and in clear pain.
At first, it looked terrible for Celtic nation. There wasn't a single fan whose mind didn't jump to Garnett's surgically repaired right knee, especially as that's what it looked like he was favoring.
As the game progressed and video showed Garnett hobbling into the locker room and eventually out of the stadium, the thoughts of yet another championship run cut short by injuries loomed all the larger.
However, towards the end of the game "encouraging" news surfaced. Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte diagnosed KG with a "lower leg injury," not a knee injury. An x-ray revealed no fracture in the bone.
While the Celtics still have not received an official diagnosis, and KG has yet to undergo an MRI, all signs point to a more promising prognosis than what was initially thought. This is what Doc Rivers had to say about the ordeal:
"I don't think it's bad, so I'm not that concerned; he's going to miss games probably, I don't know how many, but I don't think it will be that long.''
Doc Rivers seemed just mildly concerned throughout his postgame interview. Doc is the king of the one-day-at-a-time approach—you'll never find him overstating or understating anything when it comes to basketball. He speaks his mind as he best sees a situation, so it's very good that he clearly said that he doesn't think Garnett suffered anything serious.
Yet it's very likely that Garnett will miss some length of time. Even if the diagnosis is something minor like a muscle strain, it's likely that KG could be held out of the lineup purely for precautionary reasons.
It's no secret how important Garnett and his rejuvenated play is to this Celtics team. It's no coincidence that the C's have continued to win games despite a myriad of injuries; or that the Pistons were one of the few teams to shoot over 50 percent against the Celtics this season; or that this loss was the only double-digit loss of the season.
So, if KG was to go out for a certain period of time, who would be most impacted? Who would have to step up in his absence? What does it mean for this Celtics team?