Rivers expresses concern over latest Delonte West suspension

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Rivers expresses concern over latest Delonte West suspension

WALTHAM, Ma. - Once again, trouble has found its way into the life of former Boston Celtic Delonte West.

For the second time in less than a week, West has been suspended indefinitely by the Dallas Mavericks for conduct "detrimental to the team."

"The suspension is effective immediately," said Dallas GM Don Nelson in a statement released by the Mavs on Thursday.

Following the announcement, West took to Twitter to express his disappointment with the decision.

"And it just ain't right ... imma leave it at that," West wrote on his verified Twitter account, @Charleeredz13. "no ill will towards no one ... I'm just sittin here across from the arena wit tear in my eyes."

Doc Rivers has always had a soft spot for his former players. But it was always to a greater extent with West who among other things, battled a bipolar disorder.

"I love Delonte," Rivers told CSNNE.com. "I'm always worried about him."

Added Jason Terry, who played with West in Dallas last season. "I just remember he was the guy you wanted on your team. He's a competitor. He was a hell of a teammate and I loved playing with him."

 West has had a slew of problems at just about every stop along his NBA journey, although the drama was relatively low during two separate stints with Boston.

"Everybody here loved Delonte," said Paul Pierce. "I loved his competitiveness. Obviously, everybody has their own issues, some more documented than others. But I love what he brings to the table. He can be a character at times; he's very free spirited. But a lot of people love to be around him."

Although a third return to Boston seems highly unlikely - rookie Kris Joseph has the 15th and final roster spot for the Celtics - that doesn't mean the C's stopped caring about him.

It was clear in Doc Rivers' words and his facial expressions that West's latest troubles have him worried more so about the person than the player.

"I focus on all the guys I've coached," said Rivers, who added that he plans to try and contact West very soon. "I call Perk (Kendrick Perkins), I call Al (Jefferson) ... You may stop coaching them, but you never stop worrying. It's like your own kid that grows up and goes out of your house. I don't know if the worrying ever changes, but I am definitely concerned about this one."

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BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil. 
 
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
 
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately. 
 
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia. 
 
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday. 
 
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
 
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
 
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
 
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.” 
 
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did. 
 
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
 
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively. 
 
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
 
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”