Saturday , Apr , 19 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kevin Garnett Misses Second Practice

The Boston Celtics weren’t concerned when Kevin Garnett missed his second straight practice for family reasons Friday.

They know he’ll suit up when it counts, in their playoff opener against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.

"Even though he’s away, he’s tuned in to what we’re doing," Paul Pierce said. "We’re not worried because we know he’ll be fine when he gets back."

The Celtics gave no details of Garnett’s absence, but the Boston Globe and Boston Herald reported that sources said his wife had a baby.

"You want him to be around, but he’s taking care of personal matters," Pierce said. [Sports Illustrated]