MIAMI If you want to know what Chris Bosh is going through, ask Kevin Garnett.
Big men Bosh of Miami and Garnett of Boston had been expected to battle in the Eastern Conference finals, which starts Monday night. But Bosh was out for a sixth straight playoff game due to an abdominal strain, and it remains to be seen if he'll be able to play in the series.
Garnett suffered the same muscle strain during the Celtics' championship season of 2007-08. He missed nine games over a period of slightly more than three weeks, first sitting out Jan. 27, 2008, and returning Feb. 19.
"It's very tough to come back from," Garnett said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida after Monday's shootaround at AmericanAirlines Arena. "Very tough. Very difficult. It's in the core of your body, the abs are kind of the parts to hold you up. Very, very hard to come back from."
When asked how long it took him to really get back after the injury, Garnett laughed and said, "Too long."
"But I muscled through ...