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Kevin Garnett out Wednesday with hip flexor injury

Kevin Garnett

Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett reacts on the free throw line against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

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Earlier on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett went through shootaround and was upgraded to “probable” to play that night against the Pistons. He sounded like a go.

But when push came to shove, the Celtics decided to give him the night off. He is out for a game, a decision made less than an hour before tip-off (after Doc Rivers had his pregame meeting with the media).

This is the first game KG has missed this season. Rivers had said previously this was not a serious injury. However in this condensed season, giving the not-exactly-young Garnett a night off here and there to rest injuries. Especially against a team the Celtics should beat like the Pistons.

The Celtics play again Thursday night at Chicago, the first of a five-game road trip. Expect KG to play in most if not all of those games.