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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Bogans (thumb) returns to practice

By Chris Forsberg

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics guard Keith Bogans returned to practice Tuesday and said he's been cleared to resume game action.

Bogans sprained his right thumb after it got snagged in an opposing player's jersey while trying to take a charge during a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 11. Bogans said he took a solid shot to the thumb early in practice Tuesday, but was able to stay on the floor for the entire session.

"I’m good; I’m cleared to play," said Bogans. "Hopefully, whenever I get back out there I’ll be ready to play. But I feel good. I practiced today for the first time, I feel like I’m good to go."

Bogans said he was uncertain if coach Brad Stevens would toss him right back into the mix for Wednesday's preseason finale against the Brooklyn Nets. But he's happy to simply be available again.

"If you’re a basketball player and you love to compete, you always want to play," said Bogans. "That’s how I’ve been my whole career.... A lot of people say it’s just preseason, but I never looked at preseason like that, I still want to play."

The Celtics acquired Bogans from the Nets as part of the summer's blockbuster. He's only played 21 minutes in three appearances this presason. He projects deep on the team's log-jammed shooting guard position, but brings much-needed veteran experience to a young squad.

Rookie point guard Phil Pressey, who sprained his ankle last week and was held out of Sunday's game against the Timberwolves, participated in practice and should be available against the Nets.