Kevin Garnett will undergo an MRI on Thursday to assess the severity of an apparent calf muscle injury suffered in the first quarter of the Boston Celtics' Wednesday night loss to the Detroit Pistons. X-rays on Garnett's leg came back negative, ruling out a fracture in the lower right leg. The Celtics have called it a muscle injury below the knee and above the ankle.
Paul Flannery of WEEI.com reports that Celtics coach Doc Rivers expects Garnett, the team's defensive linchpin, top rebounder and No. 3 scorer, to miss action. Garnett's recovery options, including potential surgery, won't be known until MRI results come back.
Injuries have kept Garnett from playing more than 71 games in any of his three full seasons in Boston. Garnett appeared in 69 games last year, missing time in December and January. Since Garnett was traded to the Celtics in 2007, Boston is an immaculate 169-58 when KG plays, nearly a .750 winning percentage.