The Detroit Pistons embarrassed the Celtics tonight, winning 102-94. The real loss for Boston tonight was, however, the loss of star forward Kevin Garnett.

With 2:38 left in the 1st quarter, Garnett planted on his right foot to go up for a dunk and upon dumping the ball in the hoop, hung on the iron wincing harshly. After limping to the sidelines, KG collapsed and held his hands over his face, hiding his anger.

He returned to the locker room after the "lower leg injury" mostly under his own power, and leaned on trainer Ed Lacerte going to and from the x-ray room.

Though the test showed no break in KG's leg; the same leg that kept him out the majority of the 2008-09 season and left him a shell of his former self until as of late. It is reported that more indepth information will be released later this week, after more tests are done.

Paul Pierce scored 33 points, while racking up eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals in Boston's losing effort. Ray Allen and Glen Davis were the only other two Celtics who reached double-figures in the scoring column with 12 points apiece.

This was a game the Celtics never had command of. They trailed by eight at the half, and 12 at the end of regulation. Boston played awful defense and were unable to gain any kind of rhythm offensively.

For the Pistons, Tracy McGrady led the way with 21 points and eight assists. Tayshaun Prince (21) and Charlie Villanueva (18) were two more of six Pistons who scored at least 10 points in tonight's contest.

With the loss, the Celtics drop to 24-6, while Detroit improves to 11-21. Boston plays again Friday afternoon when the Hornets visit Beantown for a 3:00 PM ET showdown.

Stephen Bailey 12/29/2010 10:10:00 PM Edit
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  1. Rondo!! says:

    This game was just like Game 6 of the finals when Perk went down, and then everybody went down and they got crushed by LA.
    Same here tonight, but with KG. But this game is incomparable to Game 6 cause thats when every game actually matters.

    I wasnt even worried about the game anymore when KG got hurt, i was just worried for Kevin (hoping the injury wasnt severe).

    This really sucks. Rondo is likely to play the next game vs the Hornets, but then this happens..I guess we wont see another Rondo to KG alley oop in 2010..sheesh!!

    Anyway, Nice game by JO tonight in the absence of KG. He will be highly depended on now as the Shamrocks backup.

  2. JR says:

    Celtics and Doc are claiming its a calf injury.

  3. Rondo!! says:

    Oh, thank God it isnt that knee.
    Maybe a pulled muscle?
    Hopefully its nothing too serious. But Im sure he will be sitting the next few games out..and maybe he'll be back when we face the Spurs next Wednesday..(IM JUST HOPING, i dont want to jinx him or anybody else)

    Now we only have 4 bigs in - Baby, Shaq, JO, & Luke.
    and bigs 3 out - KG, Perk, Semih

  4. Bohemian says:

    Hopefully, it's not severe and he can return soon. I must admit I am trying not to feel scared by this. KG's reaction wasn't good...let's just hope it's not the knee.

    Let's try to be positive: KG will be back in a couple weeks fully healed and ready to continue playing awesomely as he has done this whole season.

    Let's go Celtics!

  5. At this point I'm not concerned with whether KG will be back or not, Doc seemed to suggest it's not a '09 type situation. However, I hope we get the same KG we've been seeing the last couple months. Not the one from last year.

  6. Anonymous says:

    shit balls!

  7. Anonymous says:

    i hope hes alright.. nothing hurts more than to see players get hurt
    hope its none serious!

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