Kevin Garnett left tonight’s game with the Detroit Pistons after tweaking his right calf soaring for a dunk on a pick-and-roll with 2:38 left in the first quarter.
X-rays were negative and coach Doc Rivers said the injury is not believed to be serious. The Celtics lost, 104-92.
“Hopefully it’s not a bad one,” Rivers said of Garnett’s injury. “I don’t think it is. I don’t think it’s that serious, so I’m not that concerned. He’s going to miss games probably. I don’t know how many but I don’t think it will be that long.”
Garnett appeared to hurt leg on his way to the basket and he hung on the rim extra long to avoid landing on the floor. He knew it was bad when he fouled Tayshaun Prince and then began grimacing. Television replays showed he sustained the injury on the jump stop.
At halftime, a Celtics player indicated he didn’t think the injury was as serious as it appeared but we will find out for sure tomorrow.
Garnett walked to the bench under his own power and was heckled by Pistons fans. He then walked to the locker room escorted by trainer Ed Lacerte moments later. Piston team doctors arrived postgame to examine Garnett but he already had boarded the team bus and was walking under his own power.
It is the same leg that caused Garnett to miss the 2009 playoffs and hampered him all of last season. Garnett has played this season completely healthy and his production increased dramatically.