There is a Santa Claus after all.

Doc Rivers told reporters during Wednesday's morning shootaround that Kevin Garnett's availability for the Celtics' game against the Suns that evening would be a game-time decision. It wasn't quite game time when Rivers met with the media again a little less than an hour before tip-off, but he had made up his mind: Garnett was sitting due to soreness in his right knee -- and in all likelihood, was going to miss more than one game.

"I just decided that if I was debating it, the basketball gods were probably telling me to go with [my initial thought]," Rivers said. "So, we sat him down. We've got to wait for it to heal, and we'll see how long that takes."

Rivers said that he also expects Garnett to miss Boston's home game against the Raptors Saturday, but he hopes to have his player back for next Wednesday's contest in Miami.

The schedule definitely played a role in Rivers' choice to give Garnett some time to heal.

"I looked at the schedule, and obviously this is a tough game, but when you look at the schedule and then you see the two days, then a game, then three more days -- if you're going to rest someone to get 'em right, there's no better time than right now," Rivers said.

The Celtics are already without Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo is suffering from a strained hamstring, but he's a go against the Suns, at least initially.
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