Boston Celtics: Injury
Wallace had not attempted a field goal over 27:33, but had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 turnovers and 2 steals. It was another quiet offensive night for Wallace, who attempted only one shot over 40 minutes during Boston's season opener last week in Toronto. Wallace has attempted only 16 shots in four games.
Wallace has started all four of Boston's games this season.
Bradley endured his second dislocation of the postseason when Elton Brand blocked his layup attempt on a drive to the basket with 5:22 to play in the first half. Bradley stumbled to the bench clutching his shoulder and soon departed for the locker room. He sat out the entire third quarter before returning to aid Boston's late-game charge.
“I thought he played fine," said Rivers. "He turned the ball over once and I thought that was a shoulder issue. If you see him trying to (pass) -- he just had nothing on the ball. But, listen, I didn’t think we’d have him. At halftime they said we wouldn’t, and then when I walked out (team trainer) Eddie (Lacerte) right before said, ‘Hey, I think he’s going to try to give it a go.’ I mean, this is the third time now in two weeks his shoulder’s come out. So, it can’t be a good feeling. No. 1, it has to hurt like heck. The good news is, though, it did what it did in the past where it went right back in and he got his feeling. That’s what happens when your shoulder goes out: You lose the feeling in your hand. You can’t go back in until it comes back. Tonight it did.”
Bradley dislocated the shoulder in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Atlanta Hawks and it did not immediately pop back into place. He's worn a protective sleeve over the shoulder in recent games.
Bradley finished with 8 points on 3-of-6 shooting with a rebound, assist and steal over 20:14 on Monday. The shoulder didn't appear to detour him in the fourth quarter as he scored 5 points in the final frame and nearly helped Boston overcome a 10-point deficit.
"Shoulder went out," Rivers said. "And he's had that problem all year. Usually they're able to -- like a Lego -- snap it back in. It wouldn't go back in. So we'll find out more [Saturday]."
Bradley suffered the injury late in the third quarter and departed for the locker room along with team doctor Brian McKeon with 2:06 to play in the frame. The team initially said Bradley would return, but soon ruled him out for the rest of the game.
Bradley was Boston's most durable player during the regular season, appearing in a team-high 64 games. By season's end, he had supplanted Ray Allen in the team's starting lineup. Before Friday's game, Bradley finished eighth in the NBA's Most Improved Player balloting.
Bradley finished Friday's game with 5 points, 4 rebounds and a block over 24:54. Allen, who played his first game since April 10 (ankle injury), picked up the slack, logging a whopping 36:51.
Allen could be in line to rejoin the starting lineup if Bradley can't go (assuming Allen's ankles bounce back after Friday's effort).
"I know Avery went down, [but] we have a day and a half to rest and prepare for Sunday," Allen said. "I’m pretty sure he’ll recover, and if not we have, if you look at our bench, from [Mickael] Pietrus to Sasha [Pavlovic] to Marquis [Daniels], all three of those guys over the past couple months or so have played well. So whether Doc starts me or not, it doesn’t make a difference.”
The Celtics initially announced that Bradley simply had a sore left shoulder and that he would return. Soon after, he was declared out for the remainder of the game.
Bradley finished with 5 points and 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.
The ankle flared up at the end of an eight-game road trip, forcing him to sit out Friday's game in Philadelphia. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he underwent an MRI Saturday, which was negative, but Allen will also miss Sunday's visit from Washington and Monday's trip to Charlotte.
Allen was originally pegged as a starter on the lineup card turned in before the game, but appears to be a late scratch. That seems to suggest the injury is truly a day-to-day situation, but by giving him this back-to-back off, the team can rest him until Wednesday's visit from Utah (allowing him six days off since his last activity Thursday in Milwaukee).
"The good news is I know he did an MRI [Saturday] and no one told me anything -- that’s good news," said Rivers. "The fact that he had to do one is always a concern, but he was fine."
With Mickael Pietrus (concussion) out indefinitely, the Celtics are shorthanded on the wing. Avery Bradley will play despite a sprained left ankle that kept him out of the second half of Friday's game in Philadelphia, while Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic, and rookie E'Twaun Moore can probably expect heightened action.
Rivers refuses to allow his team to feel bad for itself because of all the injuries it has endured.
"That’s just the way life is, in anything," said Rivers. "Right now it’s our team, but I tell our guys all the time, things don’t go well all the time, what are you going to do? I tell them that we just keep playing and things will work out. I’m a big believer in that."
For the Washington Wizards, newly acquired center Nene is out due to back spasms.
Bradley said he landed awkwardly while chasing a rebound late in the first half and couldn't get back on the floor after the intermission.
"I’ll be able to deal with it," said Bradley. "I can’t really run right now. I'm hoping that [Saturday] it’ll get better. I’ll be ready to play in our next game. When’s our next game, Sunday? Hopefully I’ll be able to play."
"It’s a little sore, I just twisted it at the end," said Pierce. "It should be fine, though. We'll see how it goes. It's sore, but hopefully it won't swell up on the plane."
Pierce said he stepped on the foot of Sacramento's Marcus Thornton while setting a fourth-quarter screen right before Boston's starters were about to be subbed out with the team down 20 with 6:24 to go. Pierce got examined by team trainer Ed Lacerte on the bench then departed for the locker room.
Pierce appeared to be moving well after talking to reporters before departing Power Balance Pavilion. Celtics coach Doc Rivers still expressed mild concern about the injury.
"I’m always concerned, but I don’t think it’s bad," said Rivers. "We don’t know. I was about to take him out anyway, so I just hope [Pierce going to the locker room is] more that than anything else."
BOSTON -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a right wrist injury after landing awkwardly while absorbing a third-quarter flagrant foul Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors.
The Celtics classified the injury as day-to-day and Rondo said he wanted to return to Wednesday's game, but a lopsided lead allowed Doc Rivers to hold him out for the final 15 minutes of a 96-73 win at TD Garden.
“It’s day to day. We’ll see how I feel [Thursday]," Rondo said. "I took a couple of Advil and I’m sure I’ll be OK.”
Rondo was driving the baseline late in the third quarter when Raptors swingman Linas Kleiza shuffled over and slammed Rondo's arms down while Rondo was in mid-air. Rondo crashed hard to the floor, landing on his right hand as he attempted to brace his fall. He was attended to by trainer Ed Lacerte and team doctor Brian McKeon before rising gingerly.
Kleiza originally was assessed a flagrant-2, but the foul was changed to a flagrant-1 upon video review. Rondo stayed in the game to attempt his free throws before departing for the locker room.
The moment gave just about everyone in the building flashbacks to last year's playoff series against the Miami Heat when Rondo landed awkwardly in Game 3 at the Garden and suffered a dislocated elbow. Amazingly, Rondo said this might have hurt more.
“This was different, [but] I think it was more painful, honestly, at the time," Rondo said. "I was just trying to focus on breathing, but the other one was just more of a shock and I just kind of went numb.”
Rivers initially thought Rondo was just selling the fall hoping for the flagrant foul. He grew concerned quickly when Rondo didn't immediately get up.
"Honestly, I was laughing right afterward," Rivers said. "I wasn’t [concerned] at first because I thought he was trying to get the flagrant. I thought he was laying down, trying to –- you know. And then when he stayed down, then I was concerned. But I didn’t know what it was. And then when I saw him grabbing his arm or hand, I was thinking last year [in the] playoffs obviously.”
Rondo underwent an MRI and CAT scan at New England Baptist Hospital Sunday afternoon and the Celtics breathed a sigh of relief when no further damage was detected. Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted Rondo was particularly sore Sunday morning, just hours after the dislocation and improbable return during Boston's Game 3 win at the TD Garden, but that he expected Rondo to play in Game 4.
Given the positive medical results, only lingering pain could detour Rondo from partcipating in Game 4. Rivers did stress that he'd keep an eye on Rondo's on-court performance to gauge if he's truly healthy enough to play.
The Celtics got even more good news when backup guard Delonte West felt so much improved Sunday morning that he did not even undergo tests on the left shoulder he bruised in the second quarter of Game 3. Like Rondo, Rivers expected West to play and only a flareup of that injury would keep him off the court in Game 4.
The injury looked far more severe when it occurred. Rondo's elbow bent awkwardly as he hit the floor as he and Miami's Dwyane Wade scrambled for a loose ball. The Celtics were on a 16-4 run to open the second half and had built a 10-point lead at 60-50 with 7:01 to play in the third quarter.
Rondo was attended to by team physician Dr. Brian McKeon and trainer Ed Lacerte before being helped to the locker room clutching the left elbow area.
Late in the third quarter, Rondo returned to the Boston bench, a white protective sleeve over the elbow. Boston carried an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter as he returned to action.
Pierce appeared hobbled midway through the first quarter and the Celtics called timeout with 5:05 to play in the frame to get him off the court. Pierce immediately went to the locker room with trainer Ed Lacerte, where he iced the strain.
Pierce missed the final seven minutes of Sunday's Game 1 loss after being ejected for earning two technical fouls in a 59-second span.
(Update: Pierce returned to the floor with 7:41 to play in the second quarter).
In the third quarter, West got steamrolled as Washington's JaVale McGee motored toward the basket in transition. West fell awkwardly as McGee fell on top of him. West grabbed at his ankle before being helped to the bench by teammates. He was briefly examined by team trainer Ed Lacerte before limping back to the locker room.
The team said he would not return.
West missed eight games after spraining the ankle during an offday practice in late March. He said previously that he's been playing with a small bone chip in the ankle, which caused it to swell earlier this month.
West drew a spot start Monday with Boston resting its starters and chipped in 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting with five rebounds and five assists over 23 minutes before the injury.
Krstic is listed as day-to-day and the team said he simply has a bone bruise.
Krstic's knee bent awkwardly as he ran through the paint on offense late in the first half of Thursday's win in San Antonio. He grimaced before collapsing beneath the basket and clutching the knee in pain. He eventually got to his feet and hobbled to the locker room with the aid of team trainer Ed Lacerte.
The 7-foot center, who started his first 18 games with Boston after being acquired from Oklahoma City in the Kendrick Perkins deal, sat out Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks and coach Doc Rivers previously said he was unlikely to play in Sunday's visit from the Detroit Pistons.
But the team's diagnosis suggests that Krstic could be back as early as Tuesday's tilt with the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston got a boost at the center spot on Thursday when Jermaine O'Neal (left knee surgery) returned for the first time since Jan. 12 and the team is still hoping center Shaquille O'Neal, sidelined since Feb. 1 due to right foot injuries, could be back as early as Sunday as well.
Krstic tore his left ACL as a member of the New Jersey Nets in December of 2006 and missed the remainder of the season. In 18 games with Boston this season he's averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over 24.3 minutes per game.
Celtics captain Paul Pierce said after Thursday's game that he hoped the injury wasn't too serious and that getting everyone healthy before the postseason was the goal.
"Hopefully Krstic is not too hurt and he'll be back in a few days or a week or however long he takes," said Pierce. "But we want to be healthy going into the playoffs, bottom line."
According to the Celtics, Krstic will not return.
Krstic grimaced before collapsing beneath the basket and clutching the knee in pain. He eventually got to his feet and hobbled to the locker room with the aid of team trainer Ed Lacerte.
The Celtics got one center back on Thursday in Jermaine O'Neal, who had been sidelined since Jan. 12 following left knee surgery, and are hoping to get another, Shaquille O'Neal, who has been sidelined since Feb. 1, back as early as next week.
Krstic has been the team's starting center since being acquired in the deal that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City at the trade deadline in late February.
UPDATE: Krstic will undergo an MRI in Boston on Saturday and Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he will not play Friday against the Hawks or Sunday versus the Pistons. Click HERE for more on the injury.
"It's sore," Murphy said of the right ankle he sprained in Thursday's practice. "I think I got it pretty good. I'm continuing to get treatment and I'll come back as quickly as I can."
But Murphy admitted he's not initially optimistic.
"No, I'm struggling walking right now," he said. "I'm still in a boot, and they just want met to wear this thing during practice and everything to walk around, but I'm still in the boot and everything like that."
* Reserve guard Von Wafer was present at practice, but not dressed to participate, which suggests he's still a ways off from returning from a right calf strain suffered on March 4. Wafer participated fully in Thursday's session, but said then that he would need to evaluate how the calf responded before setting his own timeline. Celtics coach Doc Rivers has maintained that Wafer's return remains a ways off.
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