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Garnett to miss second straight game

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  February 2, 2009 02:16 PM

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Doc Rivers said there were three players on the team that decided to skip their flu shots.

Kevin Garnett happened to be one of them.

The decision caught up with the Celtics' All-Star, who had to sit out yesterday’s home win over Minnesota to deal with the bug.

Still sick today, Garnett didn’t practice and Rivers said the 6-foot-11-inch forward would also miss tomorrow's game against Philadelphia.

Garnett, who is averaging 16.3 points and 9.0 rebounds and had missed only one game (due to suspension) before yesterday, won’t travel with the team, Rivers said. Instead, he will rest with the goal of getting back to practice Wednesday in preparation for the Lakers Thursday.

“He’s feeling better,” Rivers said. “Be he’s not feeling great and we really want to try to keep him away from the rest of the guys.”

Tony Allen was also one of the three Celtics who passed on his shot, and Rivers said Allen wasn’t feeling well either.

“There’s a likely chance he won’t be on the road trip as well,” Rivers said. “Two guys that didn’t take the flu shot, but . . . ”

The Celtics will also be without backup forward Brian Scalabrine, who sustained two concussions in a three-day stretch last week and also wasn’t in practice. Rivers called the 76ers (23-23 overall, 15.5 games behind the Celtics in the Atlantic Division despite going 10-5 in January) “a tough team to play in the condition we are right now,” adding that Scalabrine’s absence would be a big one because Philly is a team that goes with a small lineup and Scalabrine gives the Celtics options.

Scalabrine was the other player who brushed off the shot.

Rivers said, “We’re assuming he has the flu, too, right now.”

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