Rivers: KG likely to 'miss games'
Garnett departed Wednesday's tilt with the Pistons with what the team termed a right "lower leg injury," but Rivers seemed to indicate it wasn't the surgically repaired knee and might instead be a muscle issue around Garnett's right calf.
“I don’t think it’s bad,” said Rivers. “I’m not that concerned. He’s going to miss games probably -- I don’t know how many -- but I don’t think it’ll be that long. Listen, it happens.”
Like his players, Rivers did think the worst when the injury first occurred.
“The way he did it, I thought the knee or Achilles,” said Rivers. “You’ve heard me say it before, an injury when no one is around, that’s usually a severe one. I was thinking it was a bad one, but let’s hope not. I don’t think it is, but we'll find out later.”
Rivers didn’t get specific, but did note that the injury was pretty clear cut when trainer Eddie Lacerte briefed him at halftime. Rivers said his team can win games without Garnett, but admitted he’s irreplaceable on the defensive end, evidenced on a night when the Celtics gave up 104 points to the Pistons and lost for the second time on a three-game holiday road trip.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi weighs in on the responsibility Tom Brady shoulders for the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski's physicality and how New England will use Darrelle Revis.
Play Podcast Buster Olney talks to Alex Speier, Karl Ravech and Justin Havens about whether the Red Sox will move Jon Lester before the trade deadline, pace of play and much more.
Play Podcast NFL Films' Greg Cosell covers the Cowboys' defense, Rob Gronkowski's impact, Darrelle Revis' performance last season, the Giants' talent level and the outlook for the Cardinals.
Play Podcast Buster Olney and Keith Law talk about the Tigers' acquisition of Joakim Soria and whether it's wise to trade within the division. Plus, Matt Gelb on the Phillies' plans.