Ainge: KG ‘out a couple of weeks at most’

Celtics president Danny Ainge told sports radio WEEI this afternoon that forward Kevin Garnett has a strained right calf and “will be out a couple of weeks at most to be conservative” after viewing the MRI results.

“Kevin had an MRI and a through examination today, and it’s the same as last night,” Ainge said. “It’s a muscle injury, a strained calf. It’s actually the muscle just off the side of the leg, just below the knee. And it’s not anything to do with his knee, which is great news. It’s one of those injuries that may keep him out for a couple of weeks at the most, I would say.”

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It is good news for the Celtics, who feared that Garnett may miss significant time after injuring the leg on a jump stop with 2:38 left in the first quarter in the 104-92 loss to the Detroit Pistons. Garnett grabbed the knee area and it appeared he may have re-injured his surgically repaired right knee.

But coach Doc Rivers said after the game that the injury was in the calf area and when two Detroit Pistons team doctors came to examine Garnett following the game, trainer Ed Lacerte told them Garnett was already on the team bus and did not require attention.

The MRI came back negative for any knee damage and as Rivers believed, the injury is muscular. The Celtics host the New Orleans Hornets tomorrow in their first game without Garnett.