Garnett sits out with high fever

Updated: February 3, 2009, 5:01 PM ET
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BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett missed Sunday's 109-101 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a high fever, and Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the All-Star forward will miss Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers as well.

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"He's feeling better," Rivers said on Monday, according to the Boston Globe. "Be he's not feeling great and we really want to try to keep him away from the rest of the guys."

The newspaper reported that a few Celtics skipped their flu shots this season, and Garnett was one of them. Another, Tony Allen, also wasn't feeling great. But Garnett was really sick.

"For him to be out of any game, especially today, he's got to be pretty sick," Rivers said on Sunday.

It's the second time in four games Garnett has had to sit out against the team he played with for the first 12 years of his career. Last year, he was out with an abdominal strain when the Celtics went to Minnesota for the first time since he was traded to Boston.

Glen "Big Baby" Davis started in his place and scored 12 points with six rebounds.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.