8 a.m. ET: Jeff Green probably will not score 43 points again, so we can safely put aside that possibility now.
The biggest question entering this game, then, is whether Kevin Garnett will play. The Big Ticket missed the last two games, including Monday’s two-point loss to the Heat, with a thigh injury and an illness. Garnett reportedly made the trip to New Orleans, so he should be available if he feels healthy. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that Garnett would have played through the thigh injury against the Heat had he not been sick.
The Celtics (36-30) sure could use him against the Hornets (22-46), even if the Bugs come in having lost seven of their last eight. Anthony Davis may have fallen far behind Damian Lillard in the Rookie of the Year race, but Davis is still an impressive young big man who could give the Celtics trouble. One player the Celtics will not have to worry about, unfortunately, is Austin Rivers. The son of the Boston coach is out for the rest of the season with a broken hand, ending a disappointing rookie campaign for the combo guard out of Duke.
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