Saturday, February 21, 2009
In the Celtics' 90-85 loss in Utah Thursday night hurt more than a typical loss. Kevin Garnett left in the 1st half with what turned out to be a strained muscle in his knee. He'll miss 2 to 3 weeks while the knee heals.
Trying to find a silver lining, this injury could also serve as a bit of a rest for Garnett. Then again, the other members of the Celtics are going to have to work even harder with him out.
If the Celtics win 13 of their remaining 26 games, they clinch the division, even if the 76ers win ALL of their remaining games. But the C's lead in the Eastern Conference is much much slimmer. Cleveland is 1/2 game behind, and is actually ahead in the loss column. Cleveland also possesses the head-to-head tie-breaker.
This injury might cost the Celtics home court advantage. But probably not much else.
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