What I think I know about KG's injury



martind42 at cox.net martind42 at cox.net
Thu Apr 16 20:07:57 UTC 2009


The team handled, or is handling this well.  Kudos to Celtics' management.  And, this takes the pressure off, since we wouldn't be expected to win without KG.  We can all exhale and enjoy what this team will show us in the playoffs.
---- Ryan W <ubiquitous_am_i at yahoo.com> wrote: 
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> After reading about a billion opinions, news stories, TV reports, etc....this is what I think I know about KG's injury:
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> There are two things wrong with KG's knee: a bone spur and a strained tendon and it's the tendon that's keeping him out. Here's what the Globe is reporting:
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> Kevin Garnett will miss the NBA playoffs and likely have surgery on his right knee during the offseason, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said today.
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> The surgery will be to remove a spur in Garnett's knee. But a strained popliteus tendon -- and not the spur -- has affected Garnett's inability to return from a Feb. 19 injury. The tendon strain must heal naturally, and has taken longer than anticipated. 
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> So, apparently they thought the tendon would heal faster than it did, but it has not. So he's out at least the first round, probably the playoffs.
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> Conclusions:
> 1. People on Celticblog, etc...should quit blaming the organization, the media, Doc, Danny, KG for misleading us....they didn't. They were waiting on the human body to heal and it failed to heal along the timeline they thought it would. Nobody can predict the future. They gave us their best guesses.  
> 2. Surgery an option? Sure, it's an option, but from what I've read, it's also a lengthy rehab from bone spur surgery. Plus, what's bothering him now is not the bone spur per se (though it's a possibility the spur is what is slowing the healing of his tendon), but the tendon, which gets better through rest, not surgery. So having surgery in Feb. would have done nothing except lose KG for the season. It's obvious why they went with rest over surgery.
> 3. Is KG out for the playoffs? Not necessarily. One report puts KG's knee at 70%. Another says he's having soreness and swelling after working out, or that his knee is occasionally locking up. Obviously, the tendon needs more time to heal. How much does it need? Nobody knows. Estimates for injuries of this kind put the tendon strain recovery time at 4-8 weeks. We're near 8 weeks right now. Will another 4 weeks (when the ECF begin) make any difference? They might. And that's why there's still some hope that KG can suit up then, or perhaps earlier (though I think round 2 is a stretch). KG is a warrior and you can bet if he starts feeling better he's going to try and suit up, especially in the ECF. I'm still holding out hope that he gets better and plays...
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> Addendum: from listening to Doc's comments, he's going forward thinking that KG's done for the season. As a coach, he has to. As a team, they must as well. Each player now knows that more is required of each of them, but they also need to know that they can't do it alone. Doc now must ride that fine line where he rallies the troops but also gets them to remember Ubuntu.
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> Addendum #2: KG's going to be on the bench for the playoffs. That's great news. His voice and spirit is what they miss the most. And with KG on the bench, they'll have that spirit and voice with them all game.
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> Addendum #3: We ain't dead yet. Sure, the road's harder. But alot can change in a month. Injuries happen. Hell, miracles happen. The best team on paper doesn't always win. Sometimes, players play above their ability. Sometimes superstars are born during the playoffs. Don't give up hope yet. It's silly to do so...
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