Damn it. Kevin Garnett (ankle update: strained right midfoot) and Kendrick Perkins (hyperextended knee strained right knee) both went down with injuries. Garnett’s apparently occurred at the end of Game Two, while Perkins’ knee was injured during shootaround. Both are considered probable for Friday night’s Game Three, and Perkins said both will play.
I’ll be ready for Friday. We got some rest before Friday. KG wanted to practice today. He was mad. He’ll play on Friday.
Obviously, this is a troubling turn of events. Garnett has proven to be a tough matchup for Antawn Jamison, and Perkins has shut down both Jermaine and Shaquille O’Neal with ease this postseason. If neither are at full strength in Game Three, let’s just say it would not be in the Celtics’ best interests.
It’s nice to hear that Perk is confident about both playing on Friday though. Maybe holding them out was nothing but a precautionary measure, even though Doc Rivers told reporters Garnett’s ankle was pretty bad.
Another thing? It’s now a huge blessing that the Celtics have three full days off between Game Two and Game Three. Give these guys some time to heal.