Rivers 'reminisced' with Oden during recent meeting

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Rivers 'reminisced' with Oden during recent meeting

BOSTON Doc Rivers has spent the past couple of days focusing on today's opponent, the Los Angeles Clippers.

But that didn't stop him from taking time out of his preparation to spend some time with free agent Greg Oden.

"It was just a chance to get to know Greg a little better," Danny Ainge, the C's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com on Saturday.

Oden, who was waived by Portland in March, plans to spend this year rehabilitating his surgically repaired knees which have limited him to just 82 games played in five seasons.

The Celtics are among the many teams to express interest in signing the top pick in the 2007 NBA draft next season.

"I said hi to him," Rivers said. "We reminisced about high school days when I watched him in AAU. But other than that, I thought far more about the guys we're playing (today) than next year."

While his career has been marred by injuries, the 7-foot-1 center has proven to be a solid defensive presence when healthy.

In Portland, Oden averaged 9.2 points and 7.3 rebounds along with 1.4 blocks per game.

His struggles to stay healthy came on the heels of one season at Ohio State where he helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2007 NCAA Final Four.

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.