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Kevin Garnett out with left adductor strain

Celtics [1] head coach Doc Rivers [2] ruled out Kevin Garnett [3] for Saturday night’s game against the Bobcats with a lower left adductor strain.

“He wasn’t moving well in practice [Friday],” Rivers said in announcing his absence from the lineup Saturday night. Rivers did not immediately announce the nature of the injury, deferring to head trainer Ed Lacerte.

Lacerte and the Celtics later officially announced the diagnosis of adductor (groin) strain in his left leg.

Rivers said he did not know Garnett’s availability for Monday’s marquee matchup with LeBron James [4] and the Miami Heat [5] at TD Garden.

Jeff Green [6], as he did for Paul Pierce [7] on Tuesday in Charlotte, takes Garnett’s place in the lineup. The Celtics will go very small in the lineup, with Brandon Bass [8] representing their biggest player among the starting five.

Pierce, Avery Bradley [9] and Courtney Lee [10] also start for the Celtics, who were blown out by the Bobcats, 100-74, on Tuesday in Charlotte.

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