West expects to return to full practice

West expects to return to full practice

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON -- Delonte West described himself as hungry.

Hes itching to recover from his recently sprained right ankle, and hopes to return to full contact in practice on Monday.

West suffered the injury last weekend during a team walkthrough. He had played in just three games after recovering from a broken wrist endured in November.

Im able to do everything except for live contact, really just putting full pressure on the leg, he said before Fridays Celtics - Warriors game. But other than that, Im working out, still conditioning. I still havent got any shots up yet, any movement, but hopefully Ill do that this weekend.

After feeling pain on Thursday, he was more comfortable the following day. He went through a treatment regimen of ice, stem therapy, and continuing to use a compression boot he as been wearing throughout the injury.

Doc Rivers does not expect West to play on Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

When West returns to the court, the Celtics will look a lot different than they did when he went down. Five players have since been traded, but West is ready to get to work with his new teammates.

I dont think you can break the spirit of the Celtics, he said. It was sad to see a couple of the guys go, but right now its business. I think we have time to heal over that, but right now guys are re-focused for getting this team ready to push out this last stretch.

Rivers said Shaquille ONeal (Achilles) wants to play on Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Rivers, though, believes ONeal needs more practice time and says he will probably play on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
One big man Rivers expects to see on the court is Chris Johnson. Even though he has played only six minutes since being called up from the Dakota Wizards (NBA Development League) on February 24, Rivers thinks the Celtics will sign him to another 10-day contract. Rivers says of Johnson, who is 6-11 and 211 pounds, If we can figure out a way to get him on Babys weight program, hed be terrific. Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.comjcameratonba

Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game


Bruschi to serve as honorary captain for Patriots before AFC title game

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will have a good-luck charm of sorts on their side before they take on the Steelers for the AFC Championship.

Former Patriots linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champ Tedi Bruschi will serve as an honorary captain Sunday, taking the field for the pre-game coin toss with Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and Matthew Slater. Tom Brady is the team's fourth active captain, though, he rarely participates in the coin toss. 

"With an undefeated record in games that we have honored him, I can't think of a more perfect player to serve as honorary captain this Sunday," team chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick, and he has lived up to that nickname with an 8-0 record in games where he has been a part of the Patriots celebration."

Bruschi is 2-0 as an honorary captain in AFC Championship Games, taking part in the pre-game festivities in the conference title games in both 2012 and 2015. Bruschi was last at Gillette Stadium as an honorary captain back in Week 13, when the Patriots took on the Rams and celebrated the franchise's Super Bowl XXXVI victory back in 2002.