According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Kevin Garnett attended his first full contact practice in two weeks. KG has missed the last eight games, since March 22nd, due to an inflamed ankle.
KG explained his injury and his road to recovery:
"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."
"Everybody is dealing with their different ailments, I’m no different from that. Obviously, as you get older, things tend to linger a little longer. I am getting stronger. I was able to heal up other things that were nagging me. But just my foot is an issue."
While both he and Doc Rivers expected KG to miss two weeks and aim for a return on Sunday against the Washington Wizards, Garnett said that he is now day-to-day with his injury.
"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."
When will KG return to the lineup? Whenever he gets into a rhythm and is able to positively contribute to the team he says.
"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."
Doc Rivers is on the same page as KG regarding his injury. While Rivers hopes for a speedy recovery, he would rather Garnett be completely comfortable with his game and well rested for the postseason, which is quickly approaching.
"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."