Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Delonte West sits after setback
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- Celtics reserve guard Delonte West sat out Wednesday's pre-All-Star finale against the New Jersey Nets.
Instead, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said West is targeting the start of a four-game West Coast road trip coming out of the break for his return, after he hurt his fractured right wrist at practice Tuesday.
"He just wasn't ready," Rivers said before Boston's 94-80 win over the Nets. "He was injured [Tuesday] in practice -- just a freak injury, unfortunately for him. There's no other damage, but it just set him back."
West, who lobbied hard in each of the past two games to get back on the court, put up no such fight Wednesday, one day after jamming his hand on the ball while reaching in for a steal during practice.
"No, no argument today," Rivers said. "I don't think he could play today."
West has appeared in five games this season, sitting out the first 10 contests due to suspension, then fracturing his wrist while crashing to the floor after a layup against these same Nets on Nov. 24 at TD Garden. The team was hoping to sneak him in on Wednesday for a few minutes to start shaking off the rust, but that will have to wait. The Celtics will take advantage of six days of rest before their next game.
"There's no timetable, but hopefully Golden State," Rivers said of a potential return on the first game after the break. "If not, the next game, and we'll just go game by game."
While West suffered a setback, both Paul Pierce (bruised right hand and left foot) and Nate Robinson (bruised right knee) were feeling better. Pierce sat out practice the past two days to allow the injuries to heal, while Robinson said his right knee is recovering after knocking it against Shannon Brown last Thursday against the Lakers.
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.