|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM|
The Big Ticket has returned to practice, but what do you make of his statement about his potential return?
"I have some issues with my foot," explained Garnett. "More from like the motion, if you’re pushing the gas pedal. It’s an issue. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be out. But I am getting better. I’m going to practice today and Doc and I will have a conversation and make some decisions for the future."
Decisions for the future? Issues with pushing the gas pedal? Not the greatest things said by KG about his injured foot. Until he's on the court I'm worried about this season,and even beyond.
"It’s important to get him back on the floor, but if he’s not ready, he’s not ready," said Rivers. "I don’t know what the number of games is, everybody has their own thing with that, rhythm-wise, each individual player. And I don’t what Kevin’s would be, but I do know he’s been out a while and the playoffs are soon. So the sooner he gets back on the floor, the better. And I would lean towards him, now, once he’s cleared health-wise, it’s probably better for him, even if he can’t play a lot of minutes, to play in games. Because no matter what we do in practice, practice will never duplicate a game. And it’s never going to be the same intensity."
Garnett has been running and shooting lately, but Saturday would be his first contact activities since the inflammation occurred.
"Obviously, I want to get a rhythm," said Garnett. "I want to come in and be able to contribute. I want to get as close to 100 percent as I can. I’ve never come into postseason 100 percent, so it’s nothing new. But I do want a rhythm. And these last couple games, obviously, we’re playing for something. We’re trying to get things done as we’re out here playing. It’s pretty much what it is. I don’t want to go into the postseason, have no rhythm. I want to be healthy. That’s my first priority."
Garnett labeled himself day-to-day.
"If I’m able [to play], if I’m strong enough and I feel like I can contribute, then yeah, other than that -- it’s all guts, it’s all grit," said Garnett. "That’s pretty much how my makeup is. I’ve always been able to put mind over matter with certain things and then when I was unable to do common things like walk or get in my car or drive myself, then obviously that’s an issue. But other than that, I’m used to playing through a lot of different things."
Not digging what I hear from Doc and KG. For once it's more honesty then false hope. KG may not be right at all the rest of the regular season, and into the playoffs. This season keeps throwing new equations out there for the Celtics to solve.