Doc Rivers told reporters before Friday night’s contest against the Suns in Phoenix that Kevin Garnett would be inactive, and that Jeff Green would get the start in his place.
The reason? Rest.
From Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston:
Rivers has been hinting that he’d like to rest Garnett in upcoming games and, after Garnett looked gassed at times against the Lakers on Wednesday, he realized he may have waited too long.
“I was telling our coaches after the Denver game, it’s sacrilegious not to play KG against the Lakers, but it was a thought,” said Rivers. “And watching him play, you’re sitting there kicking yourself thinking, ‘That should have been the night for him,’ because it was a back-to-back. It is what it is.”
“He was fine with it, which told me that it was the right thing,” said Rivers. “He didn’t put up a fight at all, that tells you we were probably a game or two too late. We should have done it a game earlier.”
Boston is in the middle of a West Coast road trip that will see the team play five games in seven days. The Celtics have dropped the first two games of it, losing back to back game to the Nuggets and the Lakers to begin the second half of the season.
Rivers went on to say that he would sit Garnett a few more times before the end of the regular season, and may do the same with some of his other players if he sees that they could use the rest.
NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Sager’s fight with leukemia will prevent the basketball sideline reporter form covering the Rio Olympics for NBC.
NBC said Thursday in a statement that the 65-year-old Sager is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and announced in March that he was no longer in remission.
The Rio Games would have been Sager’s fifth Olympics.
Sager has worked for Turner Sports for 34 years. At the ESPY Awards this month, Vice President Joe Biden presented Sager with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.