Rivers: I'm comfortable playing Garnett


Rivers: I'm comfortable playing Garnett

BOSTON The Boston Celtics tip-off against Detroit in less than an hour, and there's still no definitive word on whether Kevin Garnett (hip flexor) will play.

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers spoke with team trainer Ed Lacerte earlier. But at that time, Rivers said it wasn't clear if Garnett would play tonight.

If Garnett doesn't play, Rivers said the C's would probably start Chris Wilcox.

Wilcox is coming off arguably his best game for the Celtics. In Boston's 95-91 win over Chicago on Sunday, Wilcox had 11 points and nine rebounds filling in for an injured Jermaine O'Neal.

O'Neal, who was out with a shoulder injury, will be in the starting lineup tonight.

As for Garnett, Rivers said he's comfortable playing him despite his uncertain status so close to the opening tip-off.

"He had a great shoot-around today," Rivers said. "Eddie wants to make sure whatever his treatment is, he still feels good. That's as simple as it is, so I'm very comfortable."

Garnett is averaging 14 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season.

The most impressive stat for Garnett?

That would be 27 -- as in, the number of games the Celtics have played with all including Garnett in the lineup.

With the condensed season and Garnett's past health issues, Rivers had no idea whether Garnett would hold up physically as well as he has thus far this season.

"The schedule's tough, but we've kept his minutes down," Rivers said. "He likes the 5-5-5 thing, pretty much. So that's gone well for us, too."

Report: Simmons fractures his right foot


Report: Simmons fractures his right foot

Ben Simmons has reportedly fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

A timetable has not been established for when the first overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft should return.

The Celtics may have dodged a major bullet in not trading up to pick Simmons — at least in the short term.

More details to come . . .

Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp


Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brandon Carlo enjoyed about as good a game as one could possibly hope for in his preseason debut earlier this week.

The 19-year-old was smooth and poised with the puck on his stick, and picked up an assist when Danton Heinen redirected his point blast to the back of the net. He was also a little dirty, mean and nasty in his own end throwing bodies around in front of the net, and at one point taking a penalty call when he was a little overzealous throwing an opponent down in the crease.

So the 6-foot-5 prospect gave a pretty good glimpse into what he can offer at his best, but the youngster also knows it will keep getting more and more difficult as the games get closer to the end of the preseason.

“In that first game I felt like I was doing a lot of really good things. I was moving the puck well, playing well and doing all of the things that I wanted to do. So I’m really excited to build on that opportunity. I feel like I started myself off well, but it’s about building throughout the camp to reach your main goal at the end,” said Carlo, who may be in line for top pair duties again on Friday night after skating in that role in his first game. “Throughout camp I got three games last year, and I noticed that with each game the action got harder and faster. So I’m ready for that. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun out there. I’m ready for the speed, and I’m ready for the physicality. I’m ready for everything.”

Carlo will again team with veteran puck-mover John-Michael Liles on Friday night in a road exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both he and the Bruins will be looking for him to build on that first outing’s promise. If the youngster can keep it up then the Bruins will have a really difficult choice on their hands with seven D-men already signed to NHL contracts ahead of the young prospect types, so Carlo would have to displace somebody.

But that’s another problem for another day, and will require young Carlo to keep impressing on people , and being extremely hard to play against, when the Bruins take the ice against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.