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Welcome to TD Garden for Celtics-Bobcats

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 16, 2013 07:13 PM

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All seemed well for the Celtics after they snapped a two-game losing streak with a win Wednesday over the Toronto Raptors but Doc Rivers delivered the news that center Kevin Garnett would miss Saturday's game with a strained adductor (thigh) muscle and it's uncertain if he will play Monday against Miami. Jeff Green will start in Garnett's place, leaving the Celtics extra small in the paint.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (35-29)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Courtney Lee
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
PF Jeff Green

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (14-51)
PG Kemba Walker
SG Gerald Henderson
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF Josh McRoberts
C Bismack Biyombo

Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Bennie Adams, Eric Dalen.

TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, WEEI (93.7 FM).

Pregame notes:

• With Garnett out, Jeff Green will make his third start of the season and third in the past month, having started Feb. 22 at Phoenix and Mar. 12 against the Bobcats. Green is averaging 14.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in March.

• Two of Charlotte's 14 wins have come against the Celtics and the Bobcats are 9-22 lifetime against Boston and have won three times at TD Garden.

• Gerald Henderson, the son of the former Celtic, scored a career-high 35 points in the previous meeting in Charlotte.

• Doc Rivers said he was concerned with Charlotte's size as Brandon Bass will have to defend Bismack Biyombo and Green will face off against Josh McRoberts.

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