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Celtics’ Garnett could be back Monday; Perkins three weeks away

Kevin Garnett

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) grabs his jersey as he celebrates while pulling away from the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday Jan. 18, 2008. The Celtics beat the Sixers, 116-89. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Doc Rivers had all sorts of good news for Celtics fans in his pregame press conference on Friday night before his team took on the Raptors.

The first, slid in to his comments almost casually, is that Kevin Garnett could be back from his calf injury on Monday. That would fit with the two-week timetable the Celtics announced when he got injured. If he does not play Monday against Houston then look for Wednesday against Sacramento.

His other note was that center Kendrick Perkins is about three weeks away. That would have him back right around the start of February, enough time to get his conditioning and timing down before the playoffs a couple of months later.