Kevin Garnett will need healthy legs if the Celtics are to have any chance at advancing in the playoffs, so the team is taking every precaution with his troublesome left ankle.
Garnett, who has missed three of the Celtics’ last five games, is unlikely to play Tuesday against the Knicks, Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters at practice on Monday. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge then said Garnett could miss about two weeks — but not more than three — with what both termed “ankle inflammation.”
Garnett underwent an MRI that showed nothing “overly alarming,” according to the team. Still, Rivers insisted he would rather lose Garnett for four or five games now to give the 36-year-old big man plenty of time to fully heal whatever is wrong with his ankle.
The news was better for Courtney Lee, who is probable to play against the Knicks with his sprained left ankle.