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There is some encouraging news out of practice today. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett participated in practice today with Doc saying that there were no restrictions on either one of them. But, of course, the news couldn't be all good, could it? Avery Bradley sat out practice with a sore collarbone that was injured when Kyrie Irving caught him on the collarbone with his elbow in last night's game. Depending on how they respond to today's workout in practice, and how Avery's collarbone is feeling, we may finally get to see everyone on the court together in tomorrow's game vs the Wizards.
"I have some issues with my foot. More from like the motion, if you’re pushing the gas pedal. It’s an issue. If it I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be out. But I am getting better. I’m going to practice today and Doc and I will have a conversation and make some decisions for the future."
"I've always been able to put mind over matter with certain things. And then, when I was unable to do common things like walk, get in my car or drive myself, then obviously that's an issue. Other than that, I usually play through a lot of different things."
"Everybody is dealing with their different ailments, I’m no different from that. Obviously, as you get older, things tend to linger a little longer. I am getting stronger. I was able to heal up other things that were nagging me. But just my foot is an issue."
"Obviously, I want to get a rhythm. I want to come in an be able to contribute. I want to get as close to 100 percent as I can. I’ve never come into postseason 100 percent, so it’s nothing new. But I do want a rhythm. And these last couple games, obviously, we’re playing for something. We’re trying to get things done as we’re out here playing. It’s pretty much what it is. I don’t want to go into the postseason, have no rhythm. I want to be healthy. That’s my first priority."
"If I’m able to play, if I’m strong enough and I feel like I can contribute, then yeah, other than that, it’s all guts. It’s all grit. That’s pretty much how my makeup is. I’ve always been able to put mind over matter with certain things and then when I was unable to do common things like walk or get in my car or drive myself, then obviously that’s an issue. But other than that, I’m used to playing through a lot of different things."
These quotes from KG shed a little light. It's obvious that there was a significant problem with the foot if he couldn't walk or drive. Also it's obvious that it's getting better, allowing him to not only walk, but to practice. We have 6 games remaining in the regular season and although KG said that it's important for him to get a rhythm, it's more important for him to be as healthy as possible going into the post season. I'd be for sitting him longer if it meant that he'd be even closer to 100%.
Two to three games are probably enough for him to get a rhythm back, although maybe the rhythm that they need is the team, not KG. In that case, they need as many games as they can get to get a team rhythm going. After all, now that Jeff Green has moved into the starting lineup and is a very different player than he was when KG played with him previously, they really need all the time together they can get. The projected starting unit for the Celtics has played together all of 13 minutes so far this season. However, I'm very excited to see them together because I think they will be very good, as long as everyone is healthy.
While Doc said that he hopes that Pierce, KG and Bradley will be available for Sunday's game vs the Wizards, a lot will depend on how all 3 injuries are responding before the game. The fact that Mark Murphy posted that the noise at practice doubled with KG back just reminds us how much the team depends on him out there. And, I loved this tweet from Scott Souza. It's fun trying to picture KG being giddy.
#Celtics center Kevin Garnett very upbeat, dare I say giddy, in advance of first practice back today.
— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) April 6, 2013
Jordan Crawford followed up his 3-14 shooting night against the Cavs with a bit of comedy. When asked about playing his former team on Sunday the results were fairly humorous.
Jordan Crawford on playing the Wizards: “Who? Don’t recall playing for them.” Maintained that stance for 2.5 uncomfortable minutes.
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) April 6, 2013
And, finally, Doc added a little humor to lighten Avery's absence from practice. "We want to keep him away from Shav (Shavlik Randolph), make sure he doesn't take him out." I have to tell you that I'm really liking Randolph. It's amazing to see a Celtic actually boxing out and grabbing rebounds. And, like KG, I get a bit giddy!!!
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