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Ok, maybe now you can worry just a bit more.

Quotes from today's practice: (via Celtics.com twitter)

Doc on KG: "After watching him today we're just gonna shut him down until the soreness goes away. Our goal is the last three games."

Perk on KG: "I could tell he's not 100%, he was limping, but he's a warrior. I'd take a 70% KG in the playoffs but we want him healthy."

I'm still hopeful (though no longer confident) that KG will be back and ready to play at somewhere near full speed by the playoffs.  Here's what concerns me more at this point: KG, Powe, and Tony Allen might all return in time for the playoffs, but there's no guarantee they'll all be 100%. And even if they were, the bigger concern is that it will take a little bit of time for them to get back into the flow and for Doc to fix his rotations accordingly.  That's time we don't have and places a huge burden on Doc to play coach and doctor at the same time.

Another quote from Doc (Globe):

"I just think we've got to be smart about it," Rivers said Sunday. "It's just like when somebody says somebody is going to be back in a week or two, that's not a guarantee. If a guy gets sore, do we play him because we say he's supposed to be back playing? You just use your common sense."

Interesting comment on Ray and Paul (WEEI):

As for others who just became more important, Rivers knows the burden falls to Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

“We’re not going to play them more minutes but clearly there’s more pressure on them,” Rivers said. “I understand that. That may be a reason to cut their minutes a little bit as well. Bottom line is we’re going to be healthy when playoffs start and we’re going to do whatever we can to have the legs.”

CelticsHub revisits an excellent interview with a knee expert.