Stevens gives Wallace (foot), Faverani (back) rest

Stevens gives Wallace (foot), Faverani (back) rest
October 24, 2013, 4:00 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

WALTHAM, Mass. — Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will already be one man down (Rajon Rondo) when his reign as the Boston Celtics officially begins Wednesday night in Toronto.

So if he and the Celtics' medical staff seem a bit overly cautious in treating the usual preseason bumps and bruises, well you can understand why.

That's why Gerald Wallace did not practice today and will not practice tomorrow because of a sore left foot injury.

Stevens said the plan heading into last night's game against Brooklyn, was to keep the veteran forward out for a couple days.

"That's one of the reasons he played extended minutes (against the Nets)," Stevens said. "It gives him a chance to get his conditioning. He's not going to get it,  at least the up and down the court way, over the next next two days."

Against the Nets, Wallace had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists while playing a team-high 37 minutes.

In addition to Wallace, the Celtics also kept Vitor Faverani (sore lower back) out of Thursday's practice. It is unclear if the 6-foot-11 center who had 15 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots against Brooklyn, will practice with the team on Friday.

Like Wallace, sidelining Faverani was also done as a proactive, preventative measure and not necessarily to address an injury that would otherwise keep him off the floor.

"We don't want guys to be available (to start the season)," Stevens said. "We want them to be full go, especially at this time of year."

Boston will have a slim margin for error against most of its opponents and will need all available players to be at or close to their best health-wise in order to be successful.

Stevens understands the balancing act that exists this time of year for all NBA coaches.

"It's a mix of taking the appropriate time off, getting off your feet, getting your mind clear and being ready to go," Stevens said. "And also getting everything ironed out that we need to get ironed out to be ready for the start of the season."