Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the team was still hopeful Kevin Garnett could have returned had Boston advanced past the second round of the playoffs, but Rivers declined to give any definite timeline.
“You know, we were hoping,” said Rivers. “Obviously I didn’t think it would happen. But someone asked me that today and clearly that’s why we didn’t do surgery. I think that was not a secret. I still didn’t think there was any chance of it to happen. If we had won this series, I can tell you there was no way he was going to play the next series. But, you know, as reported as one point he was going to do surgery. And then we decided well, why? Just fate, hope, you never know. So we were hoping. But we didn’t — I didn’t think it was going to happen.”
Rivers said Garnett will eventually have surgery on his ailing knee.
“Yeah, he’ll get surgery eventually, him and, you know Leon [Powe] has had his already. But it’s no rush. His surgery is not going to be anything that’s going to take all summer.”