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Friday, 26 April 2013 16:07

Kevin Garnett Will Play in Game 3, Despite Bone Spurs & Hip Injury

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Kevin Garnett suffered a minor hip injury and continues to suffer from bone spurs in his foot and ankle, according to ESPN Boston’s Jackie MacMullan.

In her latest column, MacMullan says team sources confirmed Thursday that the injuries “remain a hindrance” but insist Garnett will play in Game 3.

The hip injury appeared to have occurred in Game 2 Wednesday night in New York as Garnett could be seen clutching his abdomen and wincing in pain, though he remained on the floor until picking up his fifth foul halfway through the fourth quarter.

The first mention of bone spurs, meanwhile, was in early April after Garnett had missed a stretch of games with an ankle injury. According to MacMullan’s column, “The painful bone spurs appear to float between the foot and ankle.”

While Garnett is slated to play, his effectiveness is a big question mark for a Celtics team that has collapsed in the second half of both games this series. Boston is down 0-2 to a red-hot Knicks squad that finished the regular season winning 16 of their last 18 games.

Garnett has struggled to defend the pick-and-roll in this Knicks series, something the he has continued to do at an elite level despite other parts of his game declining this year. With a multitude of lower body injuries limiting his ability to quickly react to ballhandlers like Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Ray Felton coming off of screens, the Knicks have been able to gain a strong advantage in the half court offense.

With a few days off in Boston to receive treatment and rest, KG has a chance to be healthy for Friday night's Game 3 in the Garden.