In the past few weeks, we’ve learned the extent of Kevin Garnett’s injury to a certain degree. Today, information has surfaced that bone spurs have been “floating from his ankle to his foot” according to ESPN Boston’s Jackie MacMullan. Adding to that, he has a hip pointer that he suffered in Game 2. Despite these injuries, Garnett isn’t complaining or making excuses. However, as an observer, questions need to be asked.
How painful are these bone spurs? Will this require surgery to fix? If this wasn’t the playoffs, would Garnett be playing? Should Celtics fans be concerned? Has age finally caught up to him and his body just can’t perform at the level it once could?
Starting with the first question, they’re obviously hindering his movements and his ability to be fully involved in the game, both physically and mentally. Bone spurs don’t just go away and will most likely require surgery, but the Celtics won’t tell the media that because of the mass panic it would cause. I truly believe that Garnett wouldn’t be playing if this was the regular season since these injuries require time to heal. Yes, Celtics fans should be concerned, not only because the team is down 0-2 in the series against New York, but there won’t be a healthy Garnett to fall back on when times get tough. It’s become evident that Father Time has caught up to him. Now, I’m not saying that he can’t contribute 20 points and 10 rebounds in a few games here or there, but this isn’t the Garnett we’ve all come to know and love.
There will also be questions that will have to be answered after the Celtics season is over. Is Garnett healthy enough to play one or two more seasons? Will he retire this offseason? What effect does this have on Paul Pierce? Questions can be asked from now until next October, but they’ll have to be answered, and it’s possible that these answers aren’t what the fan base wants to hear.
As I see it now, Boston is at a crossroads. Management either stays on the path that they’ve traveled down for the past six years, or they take the unpopular route and begin the rebuilding process. Needless to say, that road will be traveled regardless, it’s inevitable. The only question is, when do the Celtics decide to hop on the path that hasn’t be tread on since 2007.