Originally written on Pass The Pill  |  Last updated 11/4/14
Kevin Garnett has missed the last 7 games for the Boston Celtics, and the loss has been clear. Boston has went 3-4 since losing Garnett and their defense has been a shell of what it was with KG on the court. The good news, you ask? The Big Ticket may be available for action as soon as Friday for the Celtics, a team who could use a big boost from their most intense player as playoffs approach. The Celtics are likely looking at claiming the 7th seed in the eastern conference, with the Milwaukee Bucks a couple of games back (in the 8th spot) and the Chicago Bulls a couple of games ahead (in the 6th spot), but regaining their strength for the post-season is a must if the Celtics aim to defeat either the New York Knicks or the Indiana Pacers in a first-round matchup that will start the C’s off on the road. This report comes via NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk: A team source said that forward Kevin Garnett, who missed his seventh consecutive game with inflammation in his left ankle, is expected to return to action Friday against the Cavaliers. “Yeah, I guess. I don’t even know,” Rivers said when asked if Garnett would play this week. “Honestly, I haven’t asked one question about it.” Rivers isn’t one to give much away, and is always looking to gain a bit of energy for his older players, heading towards the playoffs. Garnett is approaching 37-years of age (May) and has put a lot of miles on his body over his illustrious NBA career. The Big Ticket entered his 18th season this year, and occasionally needs an oil change as the long, grueling NBA season takes it’s toll. With the Milwaukee Bucks playing sub-par basketball (4-6 over their last 10 games) and the fact that Boston has locked up a playoff seed, getting Garnett healthy has to be top priority, even if it takes the big fella sitting for a few more games. KG is averaging 14.9 ppg and 7.8 rebounds this season and the Celtics’ defense is much better with him on the court. They give up 7.2 more points per 100 possessions without the future hall of famer. Points they’ll need back during the post-season if they plan to advance past the 1st round.   The post Report: Kevin Garnett could return Friday appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.
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