Milicic (wrist) contemplates cortisone shot

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Milicic (wrist) contemplates cortisone shot

PHILADELPHIA It's a good thing that Danny Ainge made adding lots of big men a priority this season.

Because it's looking more and more like he'll need them all.

Darko Milicic has played with a strained ligaments injury in his right wrist for a while that was re-aggravated in Boston's 107-75 loss to Philadelphia on Monday.

The pain is so severe now that he's contemplating having a cortisone shot to help alleviate the pain.

"I'm thinking about it," Milicic told CSNNE.com. "It (the pain) went away and I forgot about it. And I landed on it, and I got hit on it, and got hit on it and some other stupid (bleep) the pain keeps coming back."

The pain has been there for a while, Milicic said.

But now it's to the point where the pain has limited his wrist's mobility.

"I can't do this," says Milicic, as he tries to turn his wrist clock-wise and then, counter clock-wise.

"I can't move it up either," he adds, as he holds his hand palms down, and tries to bend the wrist upwards.

Sitting out and letting it rest is another option, but Milicic is quick to shoot that down.

"It's not really one of the options I want to take," he said. "We'll see."

Milicic has been among the Celtics' biggest surprises thus far in camp. With Chris Wilcox out indefinitely with a back injury, Milicic has played his way into the regular big man rotation off the bench along with rookie Jared Sullinger.

If the Celtics decide to shut him down for some or all of the remainder of the preseason, that likely means more playing time for veteran big man Jason Collins and Sullinger, who is also in the hunt to start for the C's at power forward.

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”