Kevin Garnett hasn't played in a game in more than a month. But based on what Celtics president Danny Ainge has seen behind closed doors in Waltham, he believes Garnett is ready to play. Whether that's tonight against the Spurs, tomorrow against Memphis, or later could be determined this morning.
Garnett has been out with a sprained right knee he suffered Feb. 19 at Utah. The 2007-08 Defensive Player of the Year made the trip to San Antonio, but has not practiced since suffering the injury. Although Ainge is confident Garnett is ready based on his workouts this week, the team is still being cautious.
"He's looking good," Ainge said. "He's made a great deal of strides, especially in the last 10 days or so. It took him a little while to get going. But in the last week to 10 days, he's been looking a lot better.
"Just by the way he's moving, he looks fresh and healthy. We're still playing it by ear. We're still waiting to see what's going to happen. I'm confident that he will be back [soon]."
A strong shootaround could get Garnett back in the starting lineup tonight.
As usual, I completely support the take-it-slow approach. If he's ready, let him play. If there's any doubt, keep him out. But I have a feeling if the trainers say he's ok, KG will run through walls to get on the court.