On one hand, the club knows it needs to get him ample rest if he is to play at a high level. On the other hand, the C’s can’t afford to have him out of the game for too long.

Doc Rivers has tried to manage the 36-year-old center’s minutes, and Wednesday night in Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers Garnett played 41 and had 20 points and 11 rebounds in Boston’s 82-75 loss that set up a Game 7 Saturday.

“It can be hard, but we’ve got to give him breaks or we wouldn’t be getting what we are from him,” said Rivers.

Veteran guard Keyon Dooling may have put it best.

“Unfortunately this isn’t a video game,” he said. “You actually need a little rest.”

– Reported by the Sports Xchange