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Rivers: KG should be ready for opener

Updated: April 3, 2009, 12:08 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers would be "very, very surprised" if Kevin Garnett, resting a sore right knee, isn't playing in the opening game of the playoffs.

Rivers also said Wednesday night he thinks the Celtics can win their second straight championship even if Garnett is not completely healthy.

"I believe that," he said before Boston's game against the Charlotte Bobcats. "Defensively is where we need him. Offensively we need his shot and all that, his leadership on the ...

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