If you have to play the Celtics in Boston — as the Knicks do tonight — it doesn’t hurt to see them without Kevin Garnett — as the Celtics will be tonight.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told Boston reporters yesterday an MRI exam on Garnett’s left ankle revealed inflammation and the perennial All-Star is likely to miss two weeks.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson reverted to Diplomacy 101 and insisted he was not certain there was a benefit to Garnett’s absence.

“I don’t know if it’s an advantage,” Woodson said, “Garnett ... he’s a big piece to their puzzle. But again, I’m sure [Celtics coach] Doc [Rivers] is relying on other guys to step up. Just like all coaches do. It’ll be a competitive game regardless of who plays.”

The Celtics also are listing Courtney Lee, as questionable with a left ankle injury.

No team currently positioned in the playoffs has fewer road wins than the Celtics’ 12. Conversely, only Miami in the Eastern Conference has more than Boston’s 24 home wins (a total matched by the Knicks).

* Kenyon Martin has given the Knicks energy, size, defense — plus 12.2 points and 9.0 rebounds — in six starts for injured Tyson Chandler.

Still, Woodson likes Martin off the bench, although that could change in the postseason based on matchups. After sitting out more than half the season, Martin doesn’t care if he starts or subs.

“That’s what I was doing at first,” Martin said of coming off the bench. “Whatever the team needs me to do. [Woodson] understands what I bring to the table so he uses me in any aspect, so I’m going to do that.”

Woodson explained his preference is to keep Carmelo Anthony at power forward. But once the playoffs start, anything goes.