Already without Kevin Garnett for possibly the remainder of the playoffs, the Boston Celtics will have to make due without backup forward Leon Powe as well.
Powe suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee in Boston's Game 2 victory over Chicago on Monday and will not play again this postseason. The injury is unrelated to the right knee sprain that sidelined Powe in March for almost a month.
Powe did not return to the bench Monday after going to the locker room early in the second quarter.
The Celtics' 118-115 victory evened their first-round series against the Bulls at a game apiece.
Garnett, the centerpiece of Boston's 2008 championship and a key to its hopes of a repeat, has been sidelined by a knee injury that limited him to four games over the final two months of the season.
Well this just gives Celtics fans another "excuse" for why the Bulls are going to head back to Boston up 3-1. They are going to be severely lacking depth at forward between Garnett and now Powe. They'll need Big Baby to keep dottin' that j (clue: he won't) and to stay out of foul trouble...and hopefully with games at the UC, Miller might actually get a foul call or two on Davis with one of his patented lazy drives to the bucket.