Garnett and Rondo Questionable for Tonight's Game

Note: If this is the first you've seen this, see Update #3 for the latest information.

A. Sherrod Blakely from CSNNE.com just broke the following:

Celtics coach Doc Rivers just announced that Rajon Rondo (left hamstring) and Kevin Garnett (right leg) are both questionable for tonight's game.

Of the two, Rivers said Garnett was more likely to not play tonight - and possibly the next couple of games.

If either or both are out it certainly puts a damper on the Celtics' chances in tonight's game. As is the case with the team, if either or both are out, Doc Rivers and the coaching staff will simply look for the next guy down on the depth chart to step in and try to sure up any gaps.

Glen Davis being out certainly doesn't help the cause, but maybe we finally see Bill Walker tonight. If KG is out, look for Rasheed Wallace to get the start and Brian Scalabrine and Shelden Williams to get a boost in minutes.

Update: Probably in a related story, the Celtics also just announced that they're recalling Lester from the Redclaws. There was no comment on his availability for the game tonight in the press release.  Looking at the Redclaws schedule, it would appear that Lester needs to hop on a flight from Portland for the game tonight.   

Update #2: Further updates from Blakely:

Garnett's injury is clearly the more serious of the two.

"If I do decide to sit him (Garnett), I'm not sitting him for one game. I can tell you that," Rivers said. "I told Kevin that."

Rivers doesn't have a definitive timetable for when Garnett would return if he sits him tonight, although he said it would likely be around Jan. 6 when the C's play at Miami, or possibly longer.

Garnett has not been moving as well as Rivers would like, which is why Rivers' decision is more of a preventive, big-picture step to avoid a repeat of last season when Garnett missed the final 25 games of the season as well as the playoffs.

Update # 3: Steve Bulpett has further details:

Garnett missed one game last week with a right thigh bruise, and he got kicked in the same leg in Monday’s loss to Golden State. Though these latest issues are in the same area, trainer Ed Lacerte said, through the team, that this current situation is not related to the problems that caused Garnett to get surgery on the right knee this past offseason.

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