Wednesday, April 13, 2011
West: 'No excuses' when playoffs start
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- Celtics guard Delonte West spent Tuesday's offday soaking his ailing right ankle in an ice bucket and, while he appeared glum about enduring yet another setback in this injury-plagued season, he vowed he'd be available when Boston tips off its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series versus the New York Knicks on Sunday night.
"No question, no excuses," said West, who was wearing a walking brace over his right ankle when he arrived to the locker room. "It's not 100 percent, but it is what it is."
West, who missed eight games after spraining his right ankle during an informal workout in late February, aggravated the injury Monday night in Washington when JaVale McGee steamrolled him while trying to race to the basket in transition.
West, who hoped to get in some light on-court activity before the game, will not play in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Knicks and couldn't hide his frustration with the injury bug.
"It's almost like a jammed finger," West said. "The pain goes away, then you hit it, and it comes back all over again. Today is Day 1, we'll see how it goes today. Then we'll see how tomorrow goes."
West stressed that he'll be ready for Sunday's game, declaring that he'll be "suited and booted."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers also believes West will be ready to go and breathed a sigh of relief after watching the injury in front of the Celtics' bench.
"He felt a lot better today," Rivers said. "But watching that injury live, I was very concerned. I thought right away, 'We just lost him for a couple weeks.' So [the fact that it's not that severe is] great."
West appeared in 24 games for Boston this season, averaging 5.6 points, 2.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game. He served a 10-game suspension for off-the-court issues to start the season, then missed 39 games with a broken right wrist. The ankle sidelined him for nine more games.
Carlos Arroyo drew the start Wednesday versus the Knicks and would provide depth behind West if he's unable to get back on the court for the start of the postseason.