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West chipped bone; ready to go vs. Pacers

3/16/2011

BOSTON -- Celtics reserve guard Delonte West revealed Wednesday that he actually chipped a bone in his right ankle when he injured himself during a non-contact, offday walkthrough in late February. But after missing the last eight games, West is set to return to the Boston lineup Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers.

"I got an MRI and it showed that I chipped a bone [causing] swelling in my ankle," said West. "Like I said, it was a sprained ankle, so I was thinking 2-3 days. It turned out to be about two weeks. I figured I waited this long, what's two more weeks. But we're here now."

West, who missed 39 games due to a fractured right wrist and another 10 contests due to suspension to start the 2010-11 season, has appeared in only eight games this season. Wednesday's game will be only his fourth game of the season at the TD Garden and his first since the wrist injury on Nov. 24.

Davis returned following the All-Star break and played three games on the west coast before the fluke injury while trying to get newly acquired Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic acclimated to a new playbook.

"A walkthrough; I stepped on a coach's foot," said West. "Rolled it all the way over and touched the ground."

Pressed on which coach it was that caused the injury, West smiled and noted, "I don't remember." Despite all the trials this season, he's still got his sense of humor.

"My goal between now and the playoffs is just gaining the trust of my teammates and the coaching staff," said West. "Just be out there with them, get my timing right... That's my goal right now: Have this team have confidence in me going into the playoffs."