Kevin Garnett practiced with the Celtics’ starting unit Tuesday afternoon, then boarded the team flight to Detroit. But Garnett will not play against the Pistons Wednesday night, according to coach Doc Rivers.
“No chance tomorrow,” Rivers said of Garnett’s playing prospects. “No means no. He’s just had one practice. I’d rather wait and see. Right now the plan is Friday (against Portland). If he gets sore, or anything, we’ll push it back to the next game. That’s why we wanted him to go.”
Garnett (who sustained a hyperextended knee last month) confirmed he would campaign to play against Detroit, but that he would accept further rest.
“It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t, you know?” Garnett said of attempting to talk Rivers into letting him perform. “I just try and listen — at this stage, where I’m at in life — and just try and preserve, as much as I can, and be smart about injuries, so that they don’t get worse.
“I think I learned that last year the hard way, so I’m just trying to be patient and actually listen. It’s a Taurus quality — so all you Tauruses know what I’m talking about. For the most part I feel really good and I’m just going to listen and when they give me the green light, that’s what it is.
“As you all know, when you’re younger you think you can go out there and run through a wall and I’m sure all of us can say we learned the hard way, and I’m no different from that. These days I’m just trying to be a lot smarter and not be injured. I’m having these freak accidents. It’s funny, in Minnesota and I missed probably six games and I come here, and the championship air here — you breathe this championship air and get these weird injuries. Hopefully, I can be back full strength, that’s all this says — I’m just trying to listen and be smart.”
Rasheed Wallace watched much of the one-hour session from the sidelines, recovering from a foot strain and a groin strain “which is nothing even close to severe,” according to Rivers.