Celtics' Wilcox to miss 3-4 games with calf injury

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Celtics' Wilcox to miss 3-4 games with calf injury

INDIANAPOLIS Chris Wilcox was running the floor, scoring in transition, making hustle plays defensively

"And then he got hurt," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.

It has been that kind of season for the 6-foot-10 forward, who Rivers said will be out three or four games with a left calf injury.

Wilcox, whom the C's signed with their "mini" mid-level exception worth 3 million, has been a huge disappointment thus far. In seven games, he is averaging 1.6 points per game and 1.9 rebounds - both career lows.

The fact that he'll be sidelined for the second time (he missed 3 games earlier with a shoulder injury) within the first month of the season, doesn't help.

To see the way he played in Friday's 88-79 loss to the Bulls, only adds to the frustration that the C's and just about every team Wilcox has suited up for, have had with the former lottery pick.

"I had a long talk with him today about that very thing," Rivers said. "That should be him every night. It really should. I said, 'I don't know. You been in the league seven years,eight years or whatever you've been in the league and uh, nothing.' But that should be him. I really believe that's him and he has that in him. I think he can do it every single night."

Wilcox is no different than most of the Celtics players. He knows he has to play better than he has thus far this season.

"I have to keep doing what I'm doing, man," Wilcox told CSNNE.com. "Eventually my opportunity is going to come. I just have to stay ready."

And healthy; don't forget to stay healthy.

Update: Keyon Dooling (right knee) is out for tonight's game, and is not with the team in Indianapolis.

Raiders creep past Patriots in race for top seed in AFC

Raiders creep past Patriots in race for top seed in AFC

The Patriots and Raiders and neck-and-neck as the race for home field in the AFC turns for home. And, with four games left, the Raiders are ahead by a nose. The tiebreakers between the 10-2 teams in play currently? Common games followed by strength of victory. 

The first tiebreaker – conference record – is a deadlock as both teams are 7-1 in the AFC (the Brady-less Patriots lost to the Bills back in Week 4.

After conference record, it's the teams record in common games. 

PATRIOTS 26, RAMS 10

So far in common games with the Texans and Bills, the Patriots have gone 2-1 and the Raiders have gone 2-0. The Patriots play the Ravens next week. Oakland beat them. The Patriots play Denver after that. Oakland beat them as well but have one more game against Denver in Week 17.

So if it comes down to common games the Patriots really need to win these next two games.

Or hope the Raiders stub their toe a time or two in their final four games which are at the Chiefs, Chargers and Broncos with a home game against Indy in Week 16.

As for strength of victory, that too goes to Oakland at this point. The Raiders’ strength of victory is at .471. The Patriots’ is at .370.

But the tiebreaker that kicks in after conference record and before strength of victory – common games – is very much unresolved.The remaining picture as it stands right now? The Ravens are the No. 3 seed with a 7-5 record that leads the AFC North. The Texans’ 6-6 record is good enough to lead the AFC South. The 9-3 Chiefs are the top Wild Card. The 8-4 Broncos are the No. 6 seed.

The Patriots play the Ravens and Broncos over the next two weeks. Currently, the Dolphins (7-5) and Steelers (7-5) are on the outside looking in.

The Titans (6-6) will have a chance to get even with the Texans in Week 17 in head-to-head matchups but they host Denver and play at Kansas City the next two weeks so they have obstacles to clear before they get there.