Breaking News: Kevin Garnett Could Potentially Miss the Entire Postseason

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IApril 16, 2009

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According to head coach Doc Rivers, there is a chance that All-Star Forward Kevin Garnett will miss the entire postseason as a result of the knee injury suffered Feb. 19 against the Utah Jazz.

"He's not going to be ready. After watching him practice, there's no way," Rivers said on WEEI-AM. "The way I saw him move today, I don't know if he'll be ready."

This almost certainly means Garnett will miss Saturday's playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls, and based on further comments from Rivers, it seems he will be out longer.

On Thursday, Rivers reportedly had to stop Garnett's workout after just 20 minutes.

"If he can't get through biking and working out without swelling and his leg locking, I don't know how you can play in the playoffs," Rivers said. "This was an honest run today, you couldn't make your way through it. The guy's a warrior, you see him try to mask his way through it. But after 20 minutes of running, I don't see it. After today, there's no way he can play."

What does this mean for the Celtics in their opening round series against the Bulls?  For one, it just got tougher.  The Celtics went 15-8 in 23 games without Garnett this season, including a 127-121 loss to the Bulls on March 17. 

Garnett averaged just under 16 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season, but where he will be missed most is on the defensive end.  Glen Davis has filled in nicely for Garnett on offense, but without KG in the middle, it will be much easier for Chicago guards Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon to slash into the lane for layups. 

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Even without Garnett, the Celtics have enough talent in Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Paul Pierce to best the Bulls, and the experience from last year's championship run cannot be quantified.  However, without KG, it gives the Bulls life, and the series is likely to go to at least six, if not seven games.

All quotes taken from espn.com

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