Green, Wilcox may not play for Celtics tonight


Green, Wilcox may not play for Celtics tonight

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics may be without more than just their floor leader Rajon Rondo tonight.

Jeff Green (right knee) says it will be a game-time decision on whether he will play against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Celtics are also unsure about the availability of Chris Wilcox, who is battling an illness that took him off the floor early in Boston's 95-83 loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Wilcox, who replaces Kevin Garnett about six minutes into every game, was not on the floor with the C's during their shootaround Friday morning.

Green said his injury doesn't limit his mobility.

"It's just battle the soreness and discomfort," he said. "We'll see tonight."

Like most early-season injuries, balancing when to play through the pain with not making it worst and potentially losing more games, is a fine line.

"It's a long season. You don't want to make it worst," Green said. "We'll see how I feel when I get to the arena and take it from there."

With Green possibly missing tonight's game, the Celtics called up rookie Kris Joseph from the D-League.

Joseph, the C's second-round pick in last June's draft from Syracuse University, led the Maine Red Claws in scoring at 25.5 points per game in addition to grabbing 7.5 rebounds.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.

*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.

*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.

*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.

*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres

*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.



Mike Gorman: 'No thanks on Carmelo Anthony to the Celtics'

Mike Gorman: 'No thanks on Carmelo Anthony to the Celtics'

The New York Knicks arrive in Boston tonight with the accompanying "Melo-drama" of Carmelo Anthony's disintegrating relationship with team president Phil Jackson.

Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to leave New York and Boston has been an oft-rumored destination. 

On "The Toucher and Rich Show", the longtime voice of the Celtics, Mike Gorman, said he hopes it doesn't happen. 

"I don't get it. I don't see it," Gorman said. "He's a ball stopper. One of the things that always intrigued me about Carmelo is when he's played with Team USA or an Olympic team, often he's the best player. Then you go and see him in a regular-season game and you say, 'Oh no, no."'