There always seems to be injury drama at Celtics practice and Sunday was no different. Kevin Garnett went through his first full practice since straining his right calf and made it through healthy.
Coach Doc Rivers said barring any setbacks or pain tomorrow, he should play in Monday’s showdown against the Orlando Magic, his first game since Dec. 29.
“He was great,” Rivers said. “He went through the whole practice. I think Kevin will go tomorrow. But then again we went through practice to see if he could go tomorrow. If he feels good, he’ll go. If there’s anything (wrong), he won’t.”
However, Shaquille O’Neal sat out practice with a strained right abductor muscle (leg) and is questionable. O’Neal apparantly slipped on some ice before practice and didn’t participate.
Meanwhile, swingman Marquis Daniels strained his lower back taking a clean but hard pick from Kendrick Perkins, who also participated in practice. Daniels sat out the rest of practice as a precautionary measure but said he will play against Orlando.
Perkins also added that he is targeting a Feb. 3 return after almost completely recovering from right ACL surgery. He said he wants to make his comeback at TD Garden and he isn’t mentally or physically favoring the knee.