UPDATE: Garnett participated in Celtics’ morning shootaround and his status for Wednesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons has been upgraded to probable.
Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett is doubtful for Wednesday’s home contest with the Detroit Pistons with a right hip flexor suffered against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. He sat out practice on Tuesday, but coach Doc Rivers said the injury isn’t serious.
“Kevin has a 50/50 chance (of playing Wednesday),” Rivers said. “We’ll find out (Wednesday). It’s nothing bad with Kevin. But (Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte) really suggested two days off and then he said today, ‘Maybe three days off.’ So we’ll find that out (Wednesday).”
Keep in mind “The Green Team” travels to the Windy City to take on the Bulls on Thursday — so Doc could be saving K.G. for the rematch with Chicago.
In his last five games, Garnett is averaging 17.6 points per game on 53.7% shooting — accompanied by 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks.
The Celtics are already without a key frontcourt contributor — Brandon Bass — who’s out with a right knee injury for the next two weeks.
Small forward Mickael Pietrus is also doubtful after missing part of Tuesday’s practice to get treatment on the right knee that was operated on this offseason.
Center Jermaine O’Neal could be returning to the lineup. He’s missed the last two games with a left shoulder injury, but he participated in practice Tuesday.
Frontline Replacements: Should Garnett be sidelined, it’s looking like the Celtics will be counting on rookie first-round pick JaJuan Johnson and Chris Wilcox to play significant minutes.