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Is tonight Kevin Garnett's final game?

KG doesn't want to hear it. Kevin Garnett will take the Madison Square Garden floor this evening to participate in his 1,453rd NBA game. He insists that he hasn't considered there may not be a 1,454th. If the Celtics do not defeat the New York Knicks tonight, their season will be over -- a 4-1 Eastern Conference quarterfinals exit. One of the first questions that will follow is whether Garnett's career, too, will be at an end. But the Big Ticket doesn't want to consider the fact he may be punching his ticket to retirement. Such thoughts can only get in the way. ... "I'm thinking about the game Wednesday, and pretty much I haven't thought about post-, after," Garnett said. "I'm focusing on what it's going to take to get to the next game." (Boston Herald) Comment

Brian Cashman: Yanks made a 'mistake' with Kevin Youkilis

The injury bug that hangs over the Yankees this season has claimed another veteran, and GM Brian Cashman wasn't shy about admitting where the club erred with Kevin Youkilis. If the Yankees had it to do over, they would not have played [Youkilis] Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays. "Playing him Saturday was a mistake by everybody involved," Cashman said. The GM indicated that Youkilis tweaked his back when he slid into first base defensively in that game after sitting out the previous six games. ... Asked if this is only a 15-day injury, Cashman said, "I'm hoping for that. He was down for 23 days last April with the same issue." Youkilis was told not to bother coming to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday after receiving an epidural injection for his lumbar spine strain. (USA Today) Comment

Why Justin Blackmon could be a goner

For Justin Blackmon, the timing of his arrest couldn't have come at a much worse time in terms of lost leverage against the Jaguars. Blackmon's future guarantees will void based on a standard provision in all guaranteed rookie contracts that wipes out the guarantees in the event of a suspension. This means that the Jags can now pull the plug on Blackmon's deal and owe him nothing more, even though top five players otherwise get fully guaranteed contracts for four seasons. Throw in a new G.M. who may have had no desire to pick Blackmon in the first place, and Blackmon could be gone. If the Jaguars are willing to accept the fact that Blackmon will have received roughly $8.5 million for one year, they can move on by asking Blackmon to move out. (Pro Football Talk) Comment

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