With the 2013 NBA Playoffs right around the corner, the last thing any team wants to deal with is an injury to one of their star players. As for the Boston Celtics, that appears to be exactly the case for star forward Kevin Garnett–who is now expected to miss the next two weeks while recovering from an ankle injury.
The injury took place during last week’s game against the New Orleans Hornets and even though he played Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, the injury was too much for Garnett to play on during Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. By giving him two weeks to recover from the injury, Boston is playing it smart by letting Garnett recover from this injury now rather than in a few weeks when it matters the most once the playoffs get under way.
Even though the Celtics have managed to pull off some impressive wins without Garnett in the lineup this year, he’s proven to be a valuable factor to the team over the last couple of years and will play an important role in how far this team goes in the playoffs. At the moment, Boston currently holds the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference, but they’re also riding a four-game losing streak heading into Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks.
The decision to rest Garnett now may be difficult to deal with if the team continues to struggle, but hopefully it will pay off down the road when they’re playing in the playoffs.