Practice report: KG, Perk ready to go

WALTHAM -- A collection of news and notes after the Boston Celtics practiced Thursday afternoon at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint in advance of Friday's Game 3 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern Conference semifinal series:

The rundown (a quick look at practice headlines)

* KG: I'm definitely ready to go

* Perk: A little sore, but feeling better

* Loose balls: Rondo with war wounds; No C's on All-NBA teams

KG: I'm definitely ready to go

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett surprised his coach and the training staff by participating in nearly all of Thursday's 75-minute practice session and suggested afterward that his strained right midfoot will not prevent him from playing in Friday's Game 3 against the Cavaliers.

"It was a good two days of treatment and I’m good," said Garnett, who experienced no limitations in practice. "It was a very solid day and I'm looking forward to [Friday's] game."

Said Rivers: "He went most of practice and moved pretty well, which is very good news for us. I was surprised he went -- [trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] and I were -- but the swelling went down a lot [Wednesday] to basically none today. He said he didn't feel a lot of pain, so that was good."

Garnett lobbied to practice Wednesday, but Rivers demanded he sit out.

"We live on the planet of Doc Rivers," joked Garnett. "On that planet, you sit out on some days to get rest. [Wednesday] was a productive day, just like [Thursday] was a productive day."

Asked again if he'd be ready for Game 3, Garnett answered; "I'll definitely be ready to go."

Perk: A little sore, but feeling better

Celtics center Kendrick Perkins also returned to practice, sporting a big rubber sleeve over his right knee as he went through drills. Perkins admitted he's still a bit sore from a strained right knee suffered in the shootaround before Monday's Game 2, but hasn't wavered from his stance that he's going to play in Friday's Game 3.

"It’s a little sore, but nothing I can't play through," said Perkins, who said he also participated fully in practice with no limitations. "It feels a lot better since the last game on Monday. I feel a lot better, coming in and getting treatment with Ed Lacerte. It felt great [Wednesday], improved today, so it's getting better."

"I practiced the whole time today. It didn’t affect me, really. There's still pain there, but nothing serious."

Asked if Perkins moved well, Rivers couldn't resist a jab at his big man.

"Perk looked fine, he moved pretty well," said Rivers. "Yeah, he moved well for Perk."

Perkins admitted Wednesday the injury came from "being clumsy" while running down the court during the morning shootaround on Monday. The injury tightened up on the area behind his right knee after Boston's Game 2 victory, but it's improved each day since then.

Loose balls: Rondo with war wounds; No C's on All-NBA teams

* Perkins suggested the three offdays this week weren't just good for him and Garnett, but also for the entire Boston team to rest bumps and bruises. He said Rondo had been dinged up after spilling to the floor numerous times during the season, including a big bump from Shaquille O'Neal in a Game 1 loss that Rivers jokingly dubbed, "an assassination."

"[Rondo is] a little bruised up from hitting the floor a little bit," said Perkins. "It's nothing serious. Just a few war wounds."

* The Celtics didn't place a single member on any of the three All-NBA teams announced Thursday. A nod to the best all-around players in the league, Boston didn't earn any of the 15 available spots with guard Rajon Rondo finishing with a team-best 47 points.

By comparison, LeBron James earned a league-best 610 points to lead the First-Team. Paul Pierce (6 points) and Kevin Garnett (1 point) also earned votes. The full voting can be found after the jump below.


Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points

Forward LeBron James, Cleveland (122) 610

Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (107) 579

Center Dwight Howard, Orlando (122) 610

Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (119) 604

Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (81) 520


Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points

Forward Carmelo Anthony, Denver (9) 321

Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (10) 356

Center Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix (2) 239

Guard Steve Nash, Phoenix (24) 366

Guard Deron Williams, Utah (14) 343


Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points

Forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio 125

Forward Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers 94

Center Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee

Guard Joe Johnson, Atlanta 118

Guard Brandon Roy, Portland 87

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first team votes in parentheses): Chris Bosh, Toronto, 80; Rajon Rondo, Boston, 47; David Lee, New York, 43; Carlos Boozer, Utah, 33; Chauncey Billups, Denver, 24; Zach Randolph, Memphis, 20; Al Horford, Atlanta, 19; Jason Kidd, Dallas, 18; Derrick Rose, Chicago, 15; Chris Paul, New Orleans, 14; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 13; Chris Kaman, LA Clippers, 9; Brook Lopez, New Jersey, 6; Josh Smith, Atlanta, 6; Paul Pierce, Boston, 6; Gerald Wallace, Charlotte, 5; Marcus Camby, Portland, 3; Andrew Bynum, LA Lakers, 2; Danny Granger, Indiana, 2; David West, New Orleans, 1; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 1; Mo Williams; Cleveland, 1; Tony Parker San Antonio, 1.