- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics swingman Gerald Wallace returned to practice Monday and said he experienced no issues with his left ankle.
Wallace received a cortisone shot last Wednesday after the team's final exhibition game, then sat out a pair of practices. After Boston took the weekend off to rest up for a game-heavy start to the 2013-14 season, Wallace was back on the floor Monday closing the afternoon session while running with the first unit.
"It felt great. No soreness, no stiffness," said Wallace. "I think the main thing will be later on tonight, once I calm down and settle down, everything settles down, how it responds to my activity today. It felt good out there, didn’t have any problems with it."
Wallace, who sported a walking boot last week, downplayed an injury he said previously had lingered from the summer.
"It’s just some inflammation in my ankle, they are trying to control the inflammation and the swelling," said Wallace. "We got it under control now, and we just have to keep working and keep it loose."
Entering his 13th year in the league, Wallace put together a strong preseason for Boston, averaging a team-best 11.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists over 26.5 minutes per game over six appearances. The Celtics gave him the second night of back-to-backs off during the exhibition slate, but Wallace said he envisions no restrictions once the regular season arrives. Boston plays 19 games in the first 31 days of the season.
And even as a veteran, he's anxious for the new campaign.
"It’s going to be exciting how the season starts off," said Wallace. "[To see] how guys are going to respond, especially in their first game -- in a situation like this, to see coach [Brad] Stevens in a real NBA game and how he reacts and how responds. It’s going to be intriguing and interesting to watch."
Are the Celtics ready?
"We ain’t got no choice," said Wallace. "Ready or not, the season is here. Regardless of how we feel about ourselves -- individually or as a team -- we have 48 hours and it’s tip-off."
Wallace, a die-hard Red Sox fan, was asked if he stayed up for the end of a Game 4 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday. He said he was still miffed about how Saturday's game ended with an obstruction call leading to the winning run for St. Louis.
"I’m still mad about Game 3," said Wallace. "I got a conference call with the Major League Baseball commissioner; we’re trying to get that game thrown out right now. Hopefully we win [Game 5 on Monday], and we won’t even have to worry about it."