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Celtics' Kevin Garnett will be out two to three weeks

The All-Star forward has a strained muscle behind his right knee.

February 22, 2009|Associated Press

Kevin Garnett, the Boston Celtics' All-Star forward, will be sidelined two to three weeks because of a strained muscle behind his right knee, the team said.

Garnett returned to Boston on Friday after injuring the knee on the team's Western trip. Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said Saturday that team doctor Brian McKeon diagnosed the muscle strain after tests and an MRI exam.

Garnett, averaging 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds, injured his knee while going up for an alley-oop late in the first half of Boston's 90-85 loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday. He landed gingerly and motioned for a substitute.

After the game, the team decided to send him back to Boston as a precaution when the soreness in his knee persisted. The Celtics play in Phoenix today.

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