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Celtics notes: Wafer strains calf

Celtics notes: Wafer strains calf

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - Von Wafer had seen it happen to his teammates numerous times this season. He was one of the few, though, who had avoided the injury bug.

But it bit on Friday night, leaving Wafer with a strained right calf and an uncertain timetable for his return.

I feel alright, just a little sore, he said after the game. The calf is sore.

Wafer expects to miss a few days, with treatment to be determined. He left the game with a boot on his right foot, but he is trying to keep his spirits from being hobbled.

This is not the first injury of his four-year career, after all. Besides, he has seen his teammates fight back from long-term injuries this season, which he looks at as motivation.

Thats just what Im going to try to do, he said. Ill be alright.

The First Supper

When Ray Allen learned the Celtics were acquiring Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic from the Oklahoma City Thunder, he got ahold of Greens phone number from a mutual friend.

He sent Green a text message to welcome him to the team.

He texted me saying things are going to be great, Green recalled to CSNNE.com.

When Green and Krstic joined the team in Los Angeles, Green invited Allen to join the newcomers for dinner. Allen cancelled his plans, pleased by the eagerness of a young player.

Green wasnt a sushi-eater, but he couldnt turn down the company.

It was just a great talk - me getting to know him and him getting to know me and Nenad, Green said.

Allen wanted to share the mentality of the team, explain Doc Rivers philosophies, and give a glimpse into each of the Celtics.

I talk a lot, Allen laughed. So they probably couldnt get a lot in.

Up next

The Celtics will travel to Milwaukee on Saturday to play the Bucks. The Celtics won their first meeting of the season, 105-102 in overtime at TD Garden. Paul Pierce led all players with 28 points while Rajon Rondo dished 15 assists.

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NBA adds 'Harden Rule' and 'Zaza Rule' for players' safety

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NBA adds 'Harden Rule' and 'Zaza Rule' for players' safety

NEW YORK - NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season's playoffs.

Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws, which could cut down on James Harden's attempts after he swings his arms into contact.

The new rules interpretations are being unofficially called the "Harden Rule" and the "Zaza Rule". The Washington Wizards accused the Celtics' Al Horford of a dangerous closeout on Markieff Morris that injured Morris and knocked him out of Game 1 of their playoff series two weeks before the Pachulia-Leonard play.

Leonard sprained his ankle when Pachulia slid his foot under Leonard's in Game 1 of Golden State's victory in the Western Conference finals. After calling a foul, officials will now be able to look at a replay to determine if the defender recklessly positioned his foot in an unnatural way, which could trigger an upgrade to a flagrant, or a technical if there was no contact but an apparent attempt to injure.

"It's 100 percent for the safety of the players," NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said Thursday.

The NBA had made the freedom to land a point of emphasis for officials a few years ago, because of the risk of injuries. 

Officials can still rule the play a common foul if they did not see a dangerous or unnatural attempt by the defender upon review. Borgia said Pachulia's foul would have been deemed a flagrant.

With the fouls on the perimeter shots - often coming when the offensive player has come off a screen and quickly attempts to launch a shot as his defender tries to catch up - officials will focus on the sequencing of the play. The player with the ball must already be in his shooting motion when contact is made, rather than gathering the ball to shoot such as on a drive to the basket.

"We saw it as a major trend in the NBA so we had to almost back up and say, `Well, wait a minute, this is going to be a trend, so let's catch up to it,"' NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said.