Celtics injuries revealed
|05.19.09 at 11:51 am ET|
If the Celtics looked banged up during the playoffs, that’s because they were.
‘Ray Allen had a hamstring problem throughout the Orlando series that was not getting better,’ Doc Rivers said on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show. ‘Paul (Pierce) had some bone spurs that may need to be removed as well. (Kendrick Perkins) may have to have a procedure on his shoulder’¦ In Ray’s case, I thought his hamstring was bothering him a lot. That could have had an effect on him (during the Magic series).’
Allen averaged just over 11 points through the first six games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He was a non-factor from behind the arc before regaining his touch in the Celtics Game 7 loss.
As for the most talked about injury on the Celtics, Rivers had little news to offer on Kevin Garnett, who turns 33 today.
‘I don’t think there will be much more (than reported),’ he said. ‘I think it will be the strained tendon and the bone spur. What they started thinking at the end was that maybe the bone spur had something to do, maybe it started rubbing against the tendon and that’s what kept it inflamed. But they don’t know that. That’s just an assumption.’