ATLANTA – Kevin Garnett’s jersey sat untouched inside his locker at Philips Arena tonight and it’s uncertain when he will wear it again.
Garnett will miss tonight’s game against Atlanta due to soreness in his right knee. The All-Star recently missed 13 games with the knee injury before returning to play the previous five games. Rivers said that Garnett’s latest injury wasn’t serious and didn’t call for a meeting with a doctor. While Rivers said it was possible Garnett could return Sunday night against Oklahoma City.
But Rivers also acknowledged that there has been some consideration to sitting Garnett until late in the regular season and a determination would be made “sometime soon.”
“He’s not feeling great and we’re just not going to take the chance,” Rivers said about Garnett. “A day of rest… It’s more just the whole knee strain. We’re just going to go day by day. I’d say that because we’re sitting him down that we’d probably do it for more than one game. But I’m not sure yet.
“If he feels great (Saturday) then Sunday comes back into play. It’s no reason to take a chance.”
Celtics forward Glen Davis started in Garnett’s place. Rivers added that if it were a playoff game Garnett would have been playing and that a lot of upcoming practices could aid his return and he wasn’t overly nervous about the situation.
“Its uncharted waters,” Rivers said. “We don’t know where we are going with this right now. But what we do know is we’re going to do whatever it takes to be 100 percent when the playoffs start. And whatever that takes, that’s what we’re going to do.”