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Garnett could return against Spurs

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  March 20, 2009 01:02 PM

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Ray Allen (right elbow hyperextension) and Kevin Garnett (right knee strain) could return to the starting lineup for the Celtics against the San Antonio Spurs tonight. But, if Garnett does play for the first time since he was injured Feb. 19, he will not be on the court for long.

"Kevin looked good," Celtic coach Doc Rivers said after a morning shootaround at the AT&T Center. "We'll have to wait and see. He got here an hour early and we put him through a ton of drills and then we went longer in the shootaround. We'll judge it from there but it's very doubtful. The best-case scenario is 15-20 minutes tops.

"The good news is if he plays it won't hurt him. He is going to keep getting better and better."

Garnett said he felt "all right; it will be a game-time decision," but declined interviews after the training session.

Garnett, smiling and appearing to be in great spirits, added: "It's great to see all of you."

Allen also trained before the team went through a one-hour workout and said his condition has improved greatly since he was injured in a 127-121 loss at Chicago Tuesday.

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