Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told ESPN Boston on Monday that forward Kevin Garnett has inflammation in his injured left ankle and needs about two weeks to recover.
Ainge thinks that Garnett injured the ankle last Wednesday against the New Orleans Hornets and then played on it at the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
Garnett did not practice Monday and is listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s game against the visiting New York Knicks. He did not play Saturday at the Memphis Grizzlies, instead returning to Boston for an MRI.
The Celtics want to make sure Garnett is healthy for the start of the playoffs.
“I’ll guess two weeks, just because we want to make sure he’s really ready,” Ainge said.
Coach Doc Rivers said Monday that the team could play a bigger lineup while moving Jeff Green to a guard position while Garnett is out.
Also, Rivers said guard Courtney Lee could play Tuesday after missing Monday’s practice with a sprained left ankle. He is listed as probable.
NBA NOTEBOOK: The Dallas Mavericks did not offer a second 10-day contract to point guard Chris Wright, the only player in NBA history known to have multiple sclerosis. The decision was made Friday night after the Mavericks defeated the Boston Celtics.
Wright appeared in three games for a total of four minutes since signing with Dallas last week. The NBA D-League all-star was averaging 15.5 points and seven assists per game for the Iowa Energy.
Wright was diagnosed with MS last year while playing professionally in Turkey. He was told his playing days were over but he competed in training camp with the New Orleans Hornets in the preseason before playing for Iowa.
The 23-year-old out of Georgetown scored one basket on March 15 against the Cleveland Cavaliers and got to keep the game ball.
“He’s been an inspirational figure to a lot of people,” coach Rick Carlisle told ESPN Dallas.