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Doc on KG: ‘He wasn’t thrilled’

12.22.09 at 11:37 pm ET
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Doc Rivers was asked the most obvious question in his post-game news conference on Tuesday.

What was the deal with the late scratch of Kevin Garnett from the lineup with a right knee bruise and was it related to the knee injury of last year?

‘€œWell I made up ‘€“ I didn’€™t tell the players at all,” Rivers said. “I never told them.  They were ‘€“ it was funny, because I don’€™t think they realized it, maybe until the starting lineup and until Kevin didn’€™t come out on the floor.  I just didn’€™t think it was anything ‘€“ I didn’€™t want them thinking.  I just wanted them to go out and play.  And I decided when we went in that walk-through right before.  Just the way he was walking.  And I just told Rasheed (Wallace) and Kevin to switch spots.  And I hadn’€™t told Kevin at that point.  I just told him to go to the second unit; let Rasheed walk through the stuff.  And then after that I told him that I was shutting him down.

Rivers admitted that Garnett wasn’t too happy with not playing.

‘€œAh, he wasn’€™t thrilled with it, but I think he’€™s better this year than he was last year,” Rivers said. “You know, yesterday he actually sat down in the practice and Paul (Pierce) walked over to him and said, ‘€˜Wow, someone’€™s growing up.’€™  You know, instead of fighting through it.  He’€™s such a ‘€“ has that warrior mentality, sometimes it’€™s to his detriment.  And yesterday he did a good job.  You know he wanted to fight it today and then he kind of just said, ‘€˜You’€™re right.’€™’€

And when did Garnett get hurt?

‘€œSince Memphis,” Rivers added. “He said that’€™s where he got it hit.  And of course he hadn’€™t told anyone until I think today, or yesterday he told (trainer) Eddie (Lacerte).’€

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