Garnett Practices For First Time Since Calf Injury

Garnett practices for first time since injury

      WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – Kevin Garnett took part in full contact
practice with the Boston Celtics on Thursday, his first team
workout since straining his right calf on Dec. 29.
      Doc Rivers said Garnett participated in a little more than half
the practice, going through plays and running up and down the
court, but the coach ruled his star forward out for Friday's home
game against Charlotte.
      Boston is 5-3 without Garnett in the lineup.
      The Celtics received more discouraging news as two more
frontcourt players are dealing with injuries that could keep them
sidelined indefinitely. Jermaine O'Neal had an MRI Thursday on his
sore left knee that acted up in the second half of Monday's game
against Houston, and backup center Semih Erden missed practice
because of a groin pull.
      Rivers is concerned that O'Neal will likely need surgery.
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