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MINNEAPOLIS - There is a 50-50 chance injured Celtics forward Kevin Garnett will play in the All-Star Game next weekend.
Doc Rivers, coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars, said yesterday that Garnett would need to play by Wednesday against New York to prove he is healthy enough to play in the All-Star Game a week from tomorrow in New Orleans.
After sitting out last night's 88-86 win over Minnesota, Garnett has missed six straight games with an abdominal strain. Rivers said he doubted Garnett will play tomorrow against San Antonio, but it was possible he could return for "maybe the last two games prior" to All-Star Weekend.
"If he can play, he's going to play," Rivers said about the All-Star Game. "If he's hurt, he's not going to play. Right now, I say it's 50-50."
Said director of basketball operations Danny Ainge: "Kevin is going to be fine. It's just a matter of when."
Cassell suspendedClippers guard Sam Cassell was suspended without pay for last night's game against Toronto (won by the Clippers, 102-98) for committing a flagrant-2 foul by hitting Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo in the head, the NBA announced. Cassell's foul occurred with 2:54 left in the second quarter of the Celtics' 111-100 win over the Clippers Wednesday at TD Banknorth Garden.
"I wasn't [angry] at all," Cassell told the Orange County Register about the foul. "I've never been a dirty ballplayer to go out and try to take guys out."
Rondo said he was interviewed by the NBA about the incident Thursday and he wasn't bothered by Cassell's foul. "It didn't bother me," Rondo said. "It was just a hard foul. That's all."
Big Baby on BradyJohn Brady, who coached Celtics rookie forward Glen Davis at Louisiana State, was fired yesterday. Davis played for the Tigers from 2004-07 and plans on attending LSU's game against Kentucky in his native Baton Rouge, La., a week from today.
"That's bad. I'm sorry to hear that," said Davis. "Coach Brady was a great coach. Things weren't happening the way [LSU] wanted it to happen as far as winning games."
Davis endorsed LSU associate head coach Butch Pierre, who will take over for the rest of the season. Davis said he planned on calling Pierre this weekend.
"[Pierre's] the guy who recruited [me], Stromile [ Swift], Tyrus [Thomas], and Brandon Bass, a lot of great players that have come through LSU," said Davis. "Now to have a chance to show your coaching skills on an elite level, I know he is probably really, really excited. He's ready and I honestly feel the players are going to walk on water for him. He's a father figure to a lot of the players."