Though the Celtics were optimistically considering Kevin Garnett’s return to the lineup tonight against the Rockets, he will instead sit out his seventh straight game, nursing the right calf he strained Dec. 29 against the Pistons.
The original timetable for the all-star forward’s return was two weeks, which would put him back on the floor Wednesday against the Kings. Last week, Garnett was seen getting shots up at the Celtics’ practice facility in Waltham, and by last Friday Rivers was floating out the idea of him being available tonight. But Garnett sat out shootaround this morning, and Rivers assumed it was a no-go from there.
“We had a shootaround this morning and he didn’t participate, so that mean he wasn’t ready,” Rivers said. “I honest to god didn’t even ask. He’ll tell us and so will (trainer) Eddie (Lacerte). That’s why it’s not a pressing issue for me.”
The Celtics will practice for the first time in nearly two weeks tomorrow, but Rivers wasn’t sure if Garnett would participate.
“I don’t even know if he’ll go tomorrow,” Rivers said. “I’m more excited about us having a practice. We need a practice. We really do. I’m excited we’re going to have one.”