Boston’s Garnett sits out Suns game with sore knee

Kevin Garnett has joined Paul Pierce on the sideline for the

Boston Celtics.

Garnett sat out Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns

because of a hyperextended right knee.

Coach Doc Rivers said before the game that Garnett hurt the knee

in Sunday’s loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles, then got kicked in

Monday’s loss to Golden State. Rivers said he didn’t like the way

Garnett “looked at all” against the Warriors.

The Celtics were without Pierce for the fourth game in a row

because of an injured right knee.

Rivers said Garnett’s injury has nothing to do with the knee

problems that kept him out of last year’s Eastern Conference

semifinals against Orlando.

“My only issue is, how long is it going to take to get him

right from this?” Rivers said. “A week, three days, four days? We

don’t know. But I looked at the schedule, and obviously this is a

tough game. … If you’re going to rest someone to get them right,

there’s no better time than right now.”

The coach said he’s also keeping a close eye on guard Rajon

Rondo, who started against the Suns despite a sore hamstring.

“It’s funny, as far as injuries go, I’m actually far more

concerned with his than with Kevin’s,” Rivers said. “Kevin is

sitting down, but Rondo I’m watching closely, because with a

hamstring, that’s a tough injury. He did strain it a little bit,

but if it’s anything, if I see anything in the game, he’s out, too.

And we’ll just play with who we’ve got left.”

Garnett sat out the Dec. 22 victory over Indiana because of a

bruised right thigh but returned to play at Orlando, the first stop

of four in a row on the road.

After the Phoenix game, Boston returns home to play Toronto on

Saturday, then has three days off before beginning a three-game

trip with a game at Miami.

Entering the Wednesday night game, the Celtics (23-7) had lost

two in a row for the first time this season.

Garnett was averaging 15 points and 7.6 rebounds. Pierce is the

team’s leading scorer at 18.2 points per game.