After Boston’s practice on Tuesday, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers suggested that Kevin Garnett’s knee remains sore, and that he’ll be in dress clothes until at least the final three games of the regular season.
“After watching him today we’re just gonna shut him down until the soreness goes away,” said Rivers, as reported on the Celtics’ Twitter page. “Our goal is the last three games.”
Due in part to KG’s absence, the Celtics have dropped to third place in the East at 56-19, four games in the loss column behind the Lakers. Garnett has missed 15 of Boston’s last 19 games with a sore knee, seven of which Boston has lost.
What’s it all mean? Most likely, that Cleveland (60-13) will earn the East’s top seed, and have home court advantage over Boston (or Orlando) to earn the right to play the West’s champ. Boston has resigned itself to winning on the road in the playoffs instead of pushing Garnett to an early return.
The Lakers and their STAPLES Center faithful would have to nod in agreement with that decision.