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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Pregame: Pavlovic (wrist) out vs. Lakers

By Chris Forsberg



BOSTON -- Just when it looked like the Celtics were inching closer to full health (or what passes for such in this condensed season), the team suffered a couple of minor setbacks with their bench this week.

Reserve swingman Sasha Pavlovic suffered a flare-up with a left wrist injury suffered in training camp (one that limited him early in the season) and he is out for Thursday's visit from the Los Angeles Lakers. The team will activate Marquis Daniels, who is still working his way back from a mild right ankle sprain, even though Rivers was uncertain if he'll be able to play.

"[It's Pavlovic's] wrist again; flared back up, so he’s out," said Rivers. "We’re going to activate Marquis and maybe have to play him. I don’t know if he’s ready yet or not, but we’re going to have to play someone."

Rivers also hinted that another player might be out, but hesitated to name him. Celtics radio play-by-play man Sean Grande reported before the game that Avery Bradley would dress, but not play.

The Celtics remain without Keyon Dooling (right hip pointer, sore right knee) who has essentially been sidelined since mid-January due to his injuries (he appeared in one game on Jan. 26 before suffering the hip pointer in the first half against Orlando).