Celtics' Kevin Garnett suffered hip injury

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters -- including Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston -- that center Kevin Garnett suffered something similar to a hip pointer during Tuesday's loss to the New York Knicks. The injury isn't believed to be serious, and Rivers does not expect it to keep Garnett from playing in upcoming games.

"He got hit in the -- it's not the hip flexor, [but] a hip pointer. It was very similar to having a hip pointer in football, I guess," Rivers said. "It was affecting him. I was concerned that he had done something else, because where he was grabbing his hip, but I thought it was his stomach, where you pull a stomach muscle or something. That's why I think in a couple timeouts, I kept asking if he was OK. And he is. He's good."

Garnett is expected to practice today and then play in Friday's Game 3 matchup with the Knicks. The big man didn't see as much time as he's accustomed too during Game 2, but that had more to do with foul trouble than injury.

Rivers said he expects to continue countering the Knicks with a steady dose of Garnett. The coach disagreed with several of the early calls against the center, and he's hoping Garnett will avoid foul trouble in Game 3.


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