We know the Lakers and their fans have been praying for KG’s flu to linger, but Garnett will play tonight (via the Globe):
Kevin Garnett joined his Celtic teammates at this morning’s shootaround for the first time since last Friday’s visit to Detroit and is expected to return to the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.
But coach Doc Rivers expects Garnett to be going at less than full speed, at least until he recovers from the effects of the flu.
“It’s easy to feel good at shootaround,” Rivers said. “But when you are running up and down the floor, when you haven’t done it, it’s a different ballgame.”
Garnett missed wins against Minnesota (109-101) and Philadelphia (100-99).
“We need (Garnett) every game, we barely won those games without him,” Celtic center Kendrick Perkins said. “What he brings to the table, a lot of guys feed off. We need ‘Ticket.’ “
Scal is still out with post-concussion issues and J.R. Giddens was sent back to the D-Leauge, according to WEEI.
For anyone who cares (Jester), the Celtics are 5.5 point favorites. And yes, we will be hosting a live blog.