The Celtics  will not have Kevin Garnett  available as they try to end the 22-game winning streak of the Heat on Monday night at TD Garden. The Celtics made the announcement just over an hour before their game against LeBron James , Dwyane Wade  and the Heat, who with a win on Monday night will establish sole possession of the second-longest winning streak in NBA history.
Doc Rivers  confirmed the decision about 45 minutes before the game but said the actual reason for Garnett missing the game is not the adductor strain but rather flu-like symptoms. Garnett reported to the Garden for the game but was told by Rivers to go home and not play Monday. Rivers said Garnett would have played if he were not sick.
Rivers said Garnett will travel with the team as it begins a three-game road trip in New Orleans on Wednesday night.
Only the 1971-72 Lakers, with a 33-game streak, would have a longer one in league history.
Garnett suffered a strained adductor (groin) in his left leg last week and missed Saturday’s win over the Bobcats. This means the Celtics will not have Garnett or Jared Sullinger (back surgery) for their rematch of the double-overtime game won by the Celtics on Jan. 27 at the Garden. Both Garnett and Sullinger played in the game.
Garnett did not practice on Sunday and was not at the team’s shootaround Monday morning in Waltham.
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