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Garnett hasn't practiced since Feb. 19, and Rivers doesn't want to risk aggravating the condition by bringing him back too soon.
"With Kevin, the problem for me will be that he may get clearance at the end of the week without having practiced," Rivers said before Tuesday's game. "That's going to be very difficult for me to play him, even though, obviously we need to play him in those games."
Rivers said the shootaround would have to go "better than I expect" for Garnett to play Friday, and if he does, he'll sit out Saturday's game.
Notes: The Bulls wore green uniforms in honor of St. Patrick's Day. ... Besides Garnett, the Celtics were also without Brian Scalabrine (post- concussion syndrome) and Tony Allen (left thumb injury). Leon Powe joined them on the sideline after he bruised his right knee in a collision with Gordon and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
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