Kevin Garnett out vs. Rockets

1/11/2011 - NBA Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics + more

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett missed his seventh consecutive game Monday night with a sprained right calf, but coach Doc Rivers said the team is still hopeful he'll be back for Wednesday's tilt with the Sacramento Kings.

The Celtics lost to the Rockets, 108-102.

Garnett did not participate in Monday's morning shootaround and, while he's experienced no setbacks in his recovery, Rivers suggested he's simply not ready to resume game activity.

"Not tonight, maybe Wednesday," said Rivers. "I didn't even ask [about his status] -- him and [team trainer] Eddie [Lacerte], the way we left it, we had a little morning shootaround and he didn't participate, so that meant he wasn't ready. Honest to God, I didn't even ask. He'll tell us and so will Eddie. It's not a pressing issue for me.

"He's moving good. It'll be very soon."

Rivers said he's not sure if Garnett will participate in Tuesday's scheduled practice (the first one for Boston since its holiday road trip), but said he could be back Wednesday, which would be the exact end of the two-week time frame the team offered after the initial sprain, suffered in Detroit on Dec. 28.

The Celtics are 4-3 without Garnett, coming off a week in which they played five games in seven days. It's been the Celtics' practice this season to allow injured players to get to full strength before putting them back on the court.

Rivers said Garnett's injury hasn't drastically affected the team's game preparation.

"We're going to do what we do," said Rivers. "[Injuries affected] the one little stretch where we didn't know if [Jermaine O'Neal] would play, or if [Rajon] Rondo would play. That affected us a little bit. Right now, it's not as bad. It's really just Kevin. For the most part, J.O. and [Shaquille O'Neal] seem to be OK, so they're playing."

Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.