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Kevin Garnett says Leandro Barbosa’s season over after knee injury

Posted By WEEI On February 11, 2013 @ 11:11 pm In General | 36 Comments

The Celtics [1] endured a dual setback on Monday night, losing 94-91 to Charlotte and also seeing guard Leandro Barbosa [2] exit the game due to a non-contact injury to his left knee. Barbosa had to be carried off the floor in order to keep weight off the knee.

While coach Doc Rivers [3] told reporters that Barbosa’s injury “doesn’t look great,” he also said the team would know his diagnosis more precisely after an examination on Tuesday. Teammate Kevin Garnett [4], however, suggested that the initial prognosis for Barbosa was ominous.

“It’s tough, man. It’s tough all the way around,” Garnett told reporters. “You work with these guys and all of a sudden you see a season-ending injury. We’re grinding right now, on top of a back-to-back emotional game. Tonight was a very tough game.”

Barbosa did not talk to reporters after the game. He reportedly left the locker room under his own power but limping.

The 30-year-old Barbosa, who signed with the Celtics in October, entered Monday averaging 5.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while averaging 12 minutes a night. However, he’d emerged as an increasingly important contributor in the aftermath of the injury to Rajon Rondo [5], scoring 8.7 points with 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in an average of 22 minutes per game in the seven contests without Rondo.


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