Thursday, July 19, 2012
Fab Melo hurts hand, will get X-ray
By Greg Payne
LAS VEGAS -- Boston Celtics rookie center Fab Melo bruised his left hand during the second half of the team's 91-82 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday and will undergo an X-ray to assess any further damage.
Melo downplayed the injury after the game and is currently listed as day-to-day. The Celtics will take Friday off and resume play Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
"[The hand is] OK," Melo said afterward. "I banged it and I'm just going to get an X-ray."
With 8:46 remaining in the third period, Melo moved into the paint to help defend Sacramento's Thomas Robinson but banged his left hand on the elbow of the Kings' Jimmer Fredette. Melo was visibly wincing in pain, exited the game shortly after and did not return.
Celtics summer league coach Tyronn Lue said he doesn't know if Melo will play the rest of the weekend. Boston, currently 2-1 in the Las Vegas summer league, wraps up its schedule Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Clippers.