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The Celtics host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, weather permitting. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday after practice that Garnett, who hasn't played in two weeks because of a strained calf, probably would not play. But Rivers wouldn't rule out a return totally. "I don't think he's ready yet," Rivers said. "He could play. I don't think he will. There's a chance." But he probably won't and, frankly, I hope he doesn't. I'm with Doc on this one. I don't want to see KG back on the floor until he is completely healthy. I don't care what the Miami Heat are doing (and neither, says Rivers, does he). I don't care what the Orlando Magic are doing (and neither, says Rivers, does he, although he reminded everyone that he does live in Orlando). I don't want to see Garnett back on the floor until he is 100 percent ready.
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Tuesday's content archive
Celtics coach Doc Rivers held Kevin Garnett out of Tuesday's contact-filled practice session and said Garnett is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings. "I doubt he’ll play tomorrow," said Rivers. "Again, there’s a chance, but I doubt it... Celtics center Kendrick Perkins hoped to resume full-contact, full-team exercises Tuesday, but said that plan has been delayed a week as team physician Dr. Brian McKeon suggested giving his surgically repaired right knee an extra week to heal.
One day after resuming on-court basketball activities, Delonte West on Tuesday detailed his somewhat peculiar off-court rehabilitation activities for a fractured right wrist: Karate videos on YouTube and buckets of rice. "I've been looking at like Karate masters and stuff on YouTube and honestly they teach learning how to fall -- tuck and roll and all that, and jump up and Judo kick," West enthusiastically told reporters. "So I don't plan on breaking anything anytime soon, so cameramen on the baseline, watch out for the Judo kick."
The Celtics dipped to No. 4 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA power rankings, now sitting behind the Heat, Spurs, and Magic in Week 11's poll released Monday. Writes curator Marc Stein: "Question of the week courtesy of Magic GM Otis Smith: Isn't it possible that the Celts -- not Orlando -- are the ones with matchup issues (with Perkins out) and overloaded on bigs because Dwight is harder to counter?"
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