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Garnett to miss Minny game

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  February 4, 2008 02:22 PM

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As reported by Julian Benbow

In all likelihood, ten-time All-Star Kevin Garnett will have to sit out what would have been his return franchise he helped build.

The Celtics travel to Minnesota Friday, a little more than a week after Garnett went one-on-one with Sebastian Telfair and hit the parquet in order to come up with the game-clinching steal, but came up wincing.

He hasn’t played since, sitting out with what the Celtics call an abdominal strain. And as far as the possibility of him playing this week, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said, “I think that’s out of the question.”

Garnett is not expected to play at Cleveland on Tuesday, but did make the trip with the team.

Rivers is still tossing around the idea of even bringing the Wolves all-time leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks along for the trip.

Friday's game is sold out. Originally, Wolves fans had to buy a full or partial season ticket season plan to get the Celtics game. Most recently it has been available in a two-game package.

The only plan the Wolves had for Garnett was to announce him first to allow him to get a lengthy ovation, but no video tribute, gift or any other honor.

“That’s a special situation,” Rivers said. “If he’s not going to play, I don’t know if you bring him or not.”

The Celtics are 2-1 without Garnett, with a wins over the Heat and Mavericks and a loss to the Magic.

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