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Boston's Garnett out against Charlotte


Posted Mar 16, 2013 7:06 PM - Updated Mar 16, 2013 7:42 PM

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett will miss Saturday night's game against Charlotte with a strained left thigh muscle.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters before the game that the 17-year veteran didn't look good in practice on Friday, so the team decided to sit him.

"Kevin's not playing tonight," Rivers said. "Not because it's a night off, just because he wasn't running well at practice."

When asked if he expected it to be longer, Rivers said, "No, I don't think so."

Boston already lost Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa for the season. Barbosa was later traded to Washington at the deadline.

Rondo and Barbosa suffered season-ending knee injuries. Sullinger underwent back surgery.

Jeff Green was expected to start in place of Garnett.

Garnett has played 63 of the team's 64 games this season, only missing a win in Phoenix when he was rested after attending the All-Star game.

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