2013 NBA Playoffs: Injury to Kevin Garnett Adds to Boston Celtics’ Woes
The injury bug has bitten the Boston Celtics once again. Kevin Garnett suffered a hip pointer in the game two loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday. Garnett still intends to play tomorrow in game three of the series, but he was limited in practice today. This is not good news for the Celtics as they have suffered injuries throughout this entire season, but to have it in the playoffs when they are already down two games just adds to their problems.
Garnett said he intends to play, but how healthy will he be? He just returned from an ankle injury that had him miss the 10 of the final 13 games of the season. The Celtics have been able to hold their own against Tyson Chandler, but Kenyon Martin has dominated the Celtics when he is on the court. In game two the Celtics struggled when Garnett was not on the floor, and he watched most of the game from the bench due to foul trouble. Now with the injury to Garnett, Doc Rivers needs to lean on his reserve big men more than he has been.
Chris Wilcox and Shavlik Randolph should see some increased playing time in the game on Friday. Playing in the first postseason of his NBA career, Wilcox was in the game for six minutes and Randolph was in there for three minutes. Now both are going to be asked to step up more so Garnett can stay out of foul trouble, but also to allow him to rest any chance he gets. Garnett will try to give everything he can, but will it be enough to put the Celtics back in the series?