Pregame notes: West out vs. Nets
February, 16, 2011
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said reserve guard Delonte West would sit out Wednesday's pre-All-Star finale against the New Jersey Nets and instead target the start of a four-game west coast road trip coming out of the break for his return to game action after West tweaked his fractured right wrist at practice Tuesday.
"He just wasn’t ready," Rivers said. "He was injured [Tuesday] in practice -- just a freak injury, unfortunately for him. There's no other damage, but it just set him back."
West, who lobbied hard in each of the last two games to get back on the court, put up no such fight Wednesday, one day after jamming his hand on the ball while reaching in for a steal during practice.
"No, no argument today," Rivers said. "I don’t think he could play today."
West has appeared in only five games this season, sitting out the first 10 contests due to suspension, then fracturing the wrist while crashing to the floor after a layup against these same Nets on Nov. 24 at TD Garden. The team was hoping to sneak him in on Wednesday for a few minutes to start shaking off the rust, but that will simply have to wait and the Celtics will take advantage of six days of rest before their next game.
"There's no timetable, but hopefully Golden State," Rivers said of a potential return on the first game after the break. "If not, the next game, and we'll just go game by game."
--PIERCE AND ROBINSON OKAY TO GO--
While West suffered a setback, both Paul Pierce (bruised right hand and left foot) and Nate Robinson (bruised right knee) were feeling better. Pierce sat out practice the past two days to allow the injuries to heal, while Robinson said his right knee is recovering after knocking it with Shannon Brown last Thursday against the Lakers.
Rivers said he's more concerned about the game itself than any of the minor injuries his team is facing.
"Paul feels good," Rivers said. "It’s funny. I’m concerned about this game because of the game. I always call this the one individual game of the year. It's the game before the break and, both teams, there's too much stuff going on. The Nets probably have planes, guys leaving out tonight or tomorrow, and our guys are doing the same. It’s a single-game focus and I'm more concerned by that. Other than that, we should be well-rested. We haven’t played since Sunday, so it's a nice break for us."