Pressey (ankle) hoping to play vs. T'Wolves

Pressey (ankle) hoping to play vs. T'Wolves
October 20, 2013, 2:30 pm
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MONTREAL — Phil Pressey has a guaranteed contract this season, and has played enough for the Celtics to have a pretty good feel for what he can do on the floor.

But Pressey has beaten the odds too many times to leave anything to chance, which is why he's eager to play tonight instead of resting his left ankle with the regular season less than two weeks away.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Pressey will be available tonight, but he may elect to not play him. That would afford Stevens a chance to see others play, in addition to allowing more time for Pressey's left ankle injury to heal.

Pressey suffered the injury at Toronto last week and missed one day of practice because of it.

Even knowing that re-aggravating the injury might affect his availability to start the regular season, Pressey doesn't care.

"Whenever we lace them up and we start keeping score, I want to play every time," he told "If it's preseason, scrimmage, whatever, I want to play. I'm always anxious to play. Right now, coach is telling me I might not play. It's the preseason. Still, I want to play."

After a solid career at Missouri, Pressey was not selected in last June's NBA draft. For a player who grew up around the NBA (his father Paul was a former NBA player and later an assistant coach with the Celtics), it was a humbling experience. It also taught him the value of making the most of every moment, every opportunity to prove himself on the court.

"I'm not trying to take any days off, no practice off, nothing off," he said. "I just want to continue to prove myself and keep playing. The more I play, the more I can prove that this is where I belong."