Speaking after his team's 83-81 win over the Celtics, Friday at TD Garden, New Orleans point guard explained that he didn't know prior to the game if Rajon Rondo would be in the starting lineup for the Celts, and that it wouldn't have changed his mind-set.

 

The Hornets overcame an seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit and a 18-0 run by the Celtics to grind out a 83-81 win in a New Year's Eve matinee at TD Garden. Ray Allen missed an off-balance three-pointer with five seconds remaining that would have given the Celtics the win. Trevor Ariza hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:34 left to put the Hornets up for good, 80-77. It was the first full game the Celtics played this season without Kevin Garnett, out for two weeks with a strained right calf. 

 

All things considered, the word from Celtics president Danny Ainge on The Big Show that Kevin Garnett will miss a couple of weeks with a strained calf muscle was greeted wit



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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Thursday and talked about the injury status of Kevin Garnett. Garnett was forced to leave Wednesday night's game vs. the Pistons after injuring his right leg following a dunk in the first quarter. Garnett limped off the court and did not return. 

 

There was some concern at first that this might be related to Garnett's surgically repaired knee, but Ainge told The Big Show that this injury isn't nearly as serious.

 

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are among the starters for the Eastern Conference in the latest round of All-Star balloting, released Thursday by the NBA. Garnett and Rondo both ranked second at their positions (behind Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, respectively).

 

Orlando center Dwight Howard has the most votes of any Eastern Conference player, with Shaquille O’Neal in second at the center position.

 

On his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, Celtics coach Doc Rivers expressed optimism about the health of Kevin Garnett, but added that he will know more later Thursday after Garnett has an MRI. Garnett suffered a leg injury Wednesday night in the first quarter against the Pistons. There was no contact on the play, which fueled fears that Garnett had possibly reinjured his surgically-repaired right knee. The team thinks that the injury was related to a muscle, and not his knee, however.

 

Even before Kevin Garnett went down with a leg injury, the Celtics were in danger of losing to the Pistons. Once Garnett left the game late in the first quarter, there was little hope for a comeback in a 104-92 loss. The Celtics turned it over 21 times as they once again felt the loss of point guard Rajon Rondo who sat out his sixth straight game with an ankle injury.

 

Update: The Celtics are saying that the injury to Kevin Garnett is related to a leg muscle, possibly in his calf, and is not a knee injury. Garnett hurt himself going up for a dunk late in the first quarter against the Pistons and went to the locker room in obvious pain. He did not return to the game. X-rays came back negative and Garnett will undergo an MRI Thursday. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after the game that Garnett would likely miss a few games, but the injury does not appear to be serious.

 

In 2008, the Celtics won 19 straight games before going to Los Angeles for a Christmas day showdown with the Lakers. They lost that one, starting a run of losing seven of nine games. In 2009, the Celtics capped off a 14-1 stretch with a win over the Magic on Christmas.



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It wasn't a vintage Celtics performance, but it was good enough in a 95-83 win over the Pacers Tuesday night. The Celtics trailed by double digits in the first and second half, but rallied behind ex-Pacer Marquis Daniels, who had his best game of the season. Daniels finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Ray Allen (17 points) and Paul Pierce (21) took turns leading the Celtics offense.