Basketball

Celtics elect to rest Garnett ahead of playoffs

The Boston Celtics will "shut down" injured star Kevin Garnett for most of the remainder of the regular season, coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday.

The Boston Celtics will "shut down" injured star Kevin Garnett for most of the remainder of the regular season, coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday.

Garnett hasn't been able to shake the soreness in his right knee stemming from an injury he suffered on Feb. 19 in Utah. He has missed 14 games because of the knee problems, with second-year man Glen Davis starting in his place as power forward.

"After watching him move today, we're just going to shut him down," Rivers said Tuesday. "It probably won't be for the year. He'll probably play by the end, [the] last couple of games or last three games. It's just not progressing the way we anticipated it would progress."

The defending NBA champion Celtics (56-19) are tied with the Orlando Magic for second place in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining and can't slip down because they've clinched the Atlantic Division title. The Cleveland Cavaliers are five games up on Boston for top spot in the conference.

The budding rivals will meet on April 12 in Cleveland, Boston's third-last game of the season and one the hyper-competitive Garnett may be eyeing for his return.

Garnett is averaging 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds this season, his second in Boston since being acquired in a trade with Minnesota that helped the Celtics win the NBA championship last year for the first time since 1986.

With files from the Associated Press