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Boston's Garnett out against Charlotte

Saturday - 3/16/2013, 7:32pm  ET

Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett (5) receives congratulations from teammates as he walks to the bench during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Garnett scored 12 points, passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA's career scoring list. The Celtics won 112-88. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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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