Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 3/25/13
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Doc and Danny both spoke at the Celtics practice today. They both tried to reassure everyone that there was nothing in KG's MRI that was crazy. Both also said that he might miss 4-5 of the remaining games but should be fine for the playoffs. Here's where piecing the information from Twitter gets a bit concerning. Let's compare Doc's info to Danny's. #Celtics coach Doc Rivers did confirm Kevin Garnett did hurt foot in Dallas game, not lingering injury from before, or excuse to rest. — Scott Souza (@scott_souza) March 25, 2013 Ainge believes KG suffered sprain vs. Hornets. Played on it vs. Dallas and it got worse. Team being overly cautious with long-term in mind. — Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) March 25, 2013 #Celtics coach Doc Rivers did confirm Kevin Garnett did hurt foot in Dallas game, not lingering injury from before, or excuse to rest. — Scott Souza (@scott_souza) March 25, 2013 Doc says that KG hurt his foot during the Dallas game. Danny says he hurt his ankle during the Hornets game and then it got worse from playing on it in the Dallas game. But Doc confirmed to the reporters that KG hurt foot in the Dallas game, and that it wasn't a lingering injury from before, or an excuse to rest. But after Doc confirmed that KG definitely hurt his foot in the Dallas game, Danny said he hurt his ankle in the Hornets game. You would think that they would at least get together and get their stories straight. Ainge says KG has "inflammation in the ankle" not sprain and he needs rest. He won't play Tuesday or Wednesday. Could miss 2 weeks #celtics — gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) March 25, 2013 Doc also stated that upon initial review of the MRI performed on KG's foot, nothing was found that was overly alarming. — Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 25, 2013 Once again, Danny says there is inflammation in the ankle. Doc talks about nothing alarming in the MRI on his foot. Maybe that's because the injury is in the ankle and not the foot?  And if it is in the ankle, and it's not a sprain,  what is causing the inflammation?    Is it a case of classic Celtics double speak? And they first said that the MRI results weren't in. Then that they didn't show anything alarming.  If the results aren't in, how do they know nothing crazy or alarming wasn't in them?   And finally, there was this. Celt docs taking second look at MRI on KG's foot. Looks like he'll be out tomorrow, and Rivers says he wants to err on side of caution. — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) March 25, 2013 So, if the MRI results aren't in, why would they be taking a SECOND look at them? And again they talk about an MRI on his foot when Danny says the injury is his ankle. Do you see why I'm concerned? Let me take you back to a few other times when we got this same kind of Celtics doublespeak. Let's go back a few years to when Al Jefferson struggled coming back from his ankle sprain and everyone was doubting his toughness. He said that he continued to have pain in the ankle, even though the team was saying that it was just a sprain. He played the end of the season in pain and with fans doubting his toughness. After the season, the Celtics issued the official statement that Jefferson had minor arthroscopic surgery for exploratory reasons on his right ankle simply to check it out and be sure there was nothing wrong. Then, a couple of weeks later, Big Al said that they removed bone chips from the ankle. Now, that doesn't seem like minor arthroscopic surgery for exploratory reasons. Once the bone chips were removed, Al's play took a huge leap. The Celtics' definition of ``minor" differs slightly from those found in the dictionary. ``Minor" typically refers to something small in amount, extent, or size, lesser in seriousness or importance. For the Celtics, ``minor" apparently refers to something they don't want drawing a lot of attention or scrutiny. Then there was KG's injury in '09. It was described as minor for months. He was "expected back in time for the playoffs" right up until they shut him down in the playoffs. In the offseason, the official report was that KG had minor surgery to remove a bone spur and calm a swollen tendon. Danny Ainge was quoted after the surgery saying the surgeons “didn’t have to touch the tendon” during surgery. Then, going into 2009-2010 season we were told that KG would hit the road running in camp. Only problem was that he didn't. Then reports surfaced that this wasn’t a typical knee injury and they had to re-attach tendons to his kneecap with staples. Celtics Hub reports on this whole sordid affair in this article, in case you don't remember it. And there are many other instances where Danny was caught outright lying to the public about injuries, Leon Powe's knee, Perk's shoulder, and Shaq's Achilles just to name a few more. So, excuse me if I'm still worried about it. I don't believe the reassuring words from Doc and Danny when they tell us that there's nothing long term to worry about. There were too many contradictions from the two of them this morning to set my mind at ease. Hopefully KG sits out 4-5 games and then comes back strong, and rested, for the playoffs. But excuse me if I'm a bit skeptical about it. [Discuss on CG Forums!]
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