I was planning to write a full article on this; Kevin Garnett being hurt sends off all kind of alarms.
Last season, he was supposed to be out for a few days… which turned to a few weeks… which turned to a few months… which turned into a season-ending injury… which turned into serious offseason surgery.
This season, he was supposed to be out for a few days… which turned into a few weeks… which will turn into who knows what.
If you ask the Celtics, it’s nothing serious… but it wasn’t supposed to be anything serious last year either.
This time, it was supposed to be strategic rest. Then, it was a bruised thigh. Now, it’s a hyper-extended knee. Next, maybe a broken sternum? A torn funny bone? A brain hemorrhage?
The thing is, nobody outside of the Celtics organization really knows. Because the C’s lied to us left and right last season, we can’t trust anything they say. Maybe his injury really is as elementary as they say it is; maybe it really is nothing more than a simple hyperextended knee that happened during a simple knee collision.
The point is, we won’t know until we see Garnett back on the floor without a limp, canning jumpers, catching alley-oops, and wreaking havoc on the defensive end. We won’t even know until he’s able to sustain that limp-lessness for a long period of time, able to finish the season rather than tap out three quarters of the way through.
Kevin Garnett might be seriously injured, or he might just be facing a tiny little bump in the road. We don’t know. It might be time to panic, it might be time to wait for him to come back better than before.
I just wish we could trust the Celtics when they tell us he’ll be okay.
Anyway, before I turn this into a full column rather than a short blog post, here are the Globe’s Tony Massarotti and Chad Finn to tell you — in a better, more knowledgeable way — exactly what I’ve been trying to tell you. They talk about the concern they have regarding Garnett, the lack of trust they have in the C’s front office, and how the Celts are better off this season than last if Garnett is forced to the bench for an extended period of time.
So just listen to them; they’re better at explaining it than I am.