Rivers: 'A chance' Wilcox's season is over

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Rivers: 'A chance' Wilcox's season is over

LOS ANGELES The chances of having one player miss time because of a heart condition is slim.

To have two, in the same season?

As unlikely as that scenario may be, the Boston Celtics find themselves in that precarious position with Chris Wilcox.

The 6-foot-10 big man is out indefinitely after routine tests on his heart, had results that now require additional testing.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who didn't expect to know anything more specific until next week, wouldn't rule out Wilcox's season coming to an end, similar to what happened with former Celtic Jeff Green.

Shortly after agreeing to a 9 million contract, there were some unusual findings in the physical related to Green's heart, which required additional testing.

Those results determined he had an aortic aneurysm that would require surgery. The surgery was successful, with Green on track to return to the NBA for the 2012-2013 season.

"The chances of having one of these in one year is pretty minute," Rivers said. "Chances of having two is impossible. There's a chance that may happen. We'll have to wait and see."

Rivers said Wilcox will undergo additional testing, with no timetable for his return to the Celtics lineup.

The heart issue that Wilcox is dealing with, is apparently something that he had to have check-ups on monthly when he played for the Detroit Pistons.

Rivers said Wilcox never had a heart condition, but "we all have different things that we are a candidate for. And I think he was in that, but never a condition that was risky or anything like that. Unfortunately, now it may be."

As disappointing as this news is for Wilcox and the Celtics, Rivers believes both are fortunate to know now so that, if needed, Wilcox can receive whatever surgery or treatments that he may need.

"At the end of the day, we're lucky," Rivers said. "That's what I told our team, that we're very lucky that this happened, and not unlucky."

Will the Celtics have a difficult decision to make about Isaiah Thomas contract?

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Will the Celtics have a difficult decision to make about Isaiah Thomas contract?

Listen to a jam packed episode of the "Celtics Talk" podcast with Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, and special guest Steve Kyler from Basketball Insiders.com

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Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely are back with another episode of the "Celtics Talk" podcast. This week, we start things off by discussing Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier - what their minutes should be...what their TRADE VALUE might be, etc.

Basketball Insiders.com writer Steve Kyler calls in to discuss where the Celtics fit in the East, how the incident DeMarcus Cousins got involved in at a bar in New York City might effect his trade value,  and would the Magic trade Nikola Vucevic.

Finally, a heated debate on will and IF the Celtics will pay Isaiah Thomas max money when his very affordable contract is up in a couple years. Should Brad Stevens limit his minutes to guard against injury?

Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the proud ownership of this year’s Christmas tree in the Haggerty household some fifty bucks later. 

*Down Goes Brown provides a list of the five most confusing players in the NHL this season, and none of them are Boston Bruins. Hooray. 

*Bruce Boudreau makes the case to the Hockey News that Devan Dubnyk is more deserving of a Vezina Trophy this season than Carey Price. How about Tuukka Rask being more deserving than either one of them?

*An interesting look at the rough state of Maple Leafs goaltending right around the Tuukka Rask trade to Boston and the Vesa Toskala/Andrew Raycroft years. 

*A fun video piece with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau as they took a tour of Toronto together.

*Speaking of trades, the Philadelphia Flyers hit the jackpot with the Wayne Simmonds trade as he’s been a proud part of the Broad Street Bullies tradition. 

*Gord Miller is an excellent play-by-play man, and he tells some great stories of his life on the road whether it’s the NHL season or the World Junior tournament. 

*While the Boston University hockey team is a star-studded group with an amazing freshman recruiting class, Patrick Curry has been a player that’s quietly had an excellent season. 

*A few minutes with Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Kris Letang about a wide array of subjects including Mike Sullivan and concussion spotters.

*For something completely different: good interview with the former Flash, John Wesley Shipp, about his role in the newer Flash TV series, and the coolness of bringing back Shipp and Mark Hamill as their former characters.