Kevin Garnett Could Return To The Celtics Lineup As Early As Next Week

After suffering a right calf injury that kept him out of action for nearly a week, Kevin Garnett could make his return to the Celtics lineup as early as Monday when The Celtics battle the Rockets. Read more at Celtics Blog

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Kevin Garnett Could Return To The Celtics Lineup As Early As Next Week

The Boston Celtics may get Kevin Garnett back a little quicker than they thought initially.

According to a report on ESPN Boston, Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers says he believes that injured forward Kevin Garnett could return to the starting lineup as early as Monday, when the Celtics travel on the road to face the Houston Rockets.

"He's shooting, doing everything," said Rivers. "I think he'll be back early next week."

Garnett, was diagnosed with a right calf strain after Boston's 104-92 loss to the Detroit Pistons on December 29th.  Garnett left midway through the game and had to be helped off the court, and did not return. 

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Kevin Garnett Injury Diagnosed As Strained Calf, Could Force Him To Miss Two Weeks

Danny Ainge appeared on WEEI Thursday afternoon and confirmed that Kevin Garnett is suffering from a muscle strain in his right calf. The MRI results came back negative but Garnett "may be out for a couple of weeks."

Garnett suffered the injury late in the first quarter of Wednesday night's loss to Detroit as he went up for a successful dunk. 

Here are the full comments from Ainge (via CelticsBlog): 

"Kevin had an MRI and a thorough examination today and it's the same as last night. It's just a muscle - I say just - but it's a muscle injury, a strained calf...It's actually the muscle (on the) softer side of the legs below the knee, and it's not anything to do with his knee, which is great news. It's one of those injuries that he may be out for a couple of weeks at the most I would say...I'll just say two weeks and that's on a very conservative side."

If he does miss the full two weeks, until Jan. 13, it means the Celtics would be without Garnett for eight games, including games against the Hornets, Spurs and at the Bulls. 

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