KG's injury in focus
May, 5, 2010
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
Screenshot from TNT broadcastKendrick Perkins lands on Kevin Garnett's right foot during second-quarter action.Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge clued everyone in on when during Monday's Game 2 Kevin Garnett might have sustained his right midfoot strain during his weekly Wednesday call-in to Boston sports radio station WEEI.
Said Ainge: "KG, he twisted his ankle, Perk rolled over on it a little bit, he's got a little bit of a sprain on his midfoot."
Our good friend Jay, who Celtics fans might know by the handle MrTrpleDouble10, dug through the videotape of Game 2 and seems to have found the play Ainge alluded to (see the late second-quarter screenshot from the TNT broadcast above).
So how much did the injury affect Garnett that night? He finished 8-of-21 shooting for 18 points with 10 rebounds over 34 minutes. He was a mere 2-of-8 from the floor before the injury and missed one more shot before picking up his third foul and retreating to the bench with 1:24 remaining in the first half.
Garnett proceeded to connect on his first three shots of the second half and finished 6-of-12 shooting after intermission. So on face value, the stats seem to suggest the injury hardly hindered Garnett.
Then again, Kendrick Perkins logged 30 minutes and connected on 5-of-6 shots for 10 points and 9 rebounds with a right knee strain that he said Wednesday flared up after the game.
Both Garnett and Perkins sat out of practice Wednesday. While Perkins made it sound precautionary for both, Celtics coach Doc Rivers sounded far more worried, especially with Garnett.
"Kevin hurt his ankle pretty good," Rivers said. "Honestly, if we had a game [today], I don't think he could have played. We just have to wait, but I doubt he'll practice tomorrow.
Click HERE to read more on injuries to Garnett and Perkins.
It will be interesting to see if either player practices Thursday when Boston resumes preparations for Friday's Game 3.