BOSTON — The Boston Celtics will go with their "big" lineup tonight against the Atlanta Hawks, which means Chris Wilcox will make his second start of the season.
He got the start in Boston's 93-92 win at Cleveland on Wednesday, scoring six points to go with six rebounds along with an assist and a blocked shot in just over 21 minutes.
Wilcox getting the start tonight has an even more special meaning to him, with today being the one-year anniversary to when he had heart surgery.
"I'm blessed, man," Wilcox told CSNNE.com recently. "A lot of people don't get a chance to play at this level. So for me to go through all I've been through, and get a second chance at this game I love, it's a blessing."
Prior to the game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers told Wilcox he would get to start again tonight.
"It's really cool," Rivers said. "I think we do forget that he had the same surgery and a lot later than Jeff (Green)."
And while much has been made of Green's surgery and how it affected his game early in the season, little has been said about a similar heart surgery performed on Wilcox and how it might have had an impact on his struggles this season.
"Doctors told me that it would probably be a year before I would really be able to be me," Wilcox said. "So in the meantime, I'm just going to go out there and do all that I can do to help this team win."
And for now at least, he's getting to do it as a starter.
"It's good that he's here and it's good that he's playing for us," Rivers said.