In an interview this morning on Boston sports radio station WEEI, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said it was likely that Kevin Garnett would not be available to play at all in the playoffs.
"After today there's no way he can play," said Rivers, who left open the possibility his star could return at some point in the postseason but was not optimistic.
Garnett worked out his injured right knee this morning, Rivers said, after which the coach made the radio proclamation: "After watching him run, there's no way. So, we're going to move without him. And the way I saw him move today guys, I don't know if he'll be ready."
I think this is something Celtics fans have been bracing for, but there was always that hope that he would play. I still have some hope that he would play if we reach the ECF or the Finals. But, getting there has just become very, very hard. Yes, we still have 2 future Hall of Famers on the team and the rest of the team has picked it up considerably, but KG is the heart and soul of the defense that made the Celtics so tough to beat in the playoffs last year. Now it is up to Perk to double his efforts defensively and Big Baby and Leon will have to put in superhuman efforts if the Celtics are to repeat. My heart stopped when I saw that headline. I think the Celtics can still win it all, but the odds just went way up against them.