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Rivers: Garnett out another 10 days

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 11, 2010 06:47 PM

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Kevin Garnett will be out at least another 10 days to two weeks according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Garnett was cleared to work out today for the first time since suffering an injured right knee last month.

Garnett last played on Dec. 28, but the right knee soreness he sustained reportedly started in a loss to the Clippers on Dec. 27. At that time, the Celtics were projecting Garnett would miss about 10 days.

It's already been 15. That's 15 days without so much as running, jumping, or skipping. Garnett certainly hasn't been playing basketball (though he did walk through the Celtics locker room tonight, sans limp).

"Now I actually am pretty sure it will be in the next ten days or so," said Rivers. "He started working out today for the first time. So now it's just conditioning. We want to make sure he gets strong and back in shape, because he literally hasn't done anything."

It's at this point in Rivers' injury-related press conferences that the coach likes to deflect attention away from the obvious (what's taking so long???) and talk about how hard it is to keep a competitor like Garnett off the court.

"I think more like 10 days [not two weeks], but with him, trying to hold him down for that extra four will be very difficult."

Rivers said Garnett rode the exercise bike today and did some running. Before this, he's only done shooting.

"He feels great," said Rivers.

  • Rivers said Marquis Daniels, who did some basketball drills today despite the cast on his left hand, projects to be back in the lineup right after the All-Star break.

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