Celtics' West sidelined until next week


Celtics' West sidelined until next week

By A. Sherrod Blakely

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics have taken a cautious approach to all injuries, with players coming back later than their initial return date.

So that puts Delonte West in some pretty good company.

The 6-foot-3 guard suffered a sprained right ankle injury during the morning walk-through session prior to the Celtics playing at Utah on Monday.

Between suspensions and injuries, West has missed all but eight games this season.

While the C's were hopeful he would be able to play this week, it looks like they are going to keep him shelved until next week.

"He will not play this weekend," said coach Doc Rivers. "Let's put it that way. And I think he'll be back right after that."

Look for West to return to the Celtics lineup in time for their March 9 game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

In his absence, the Celtics may lean on newly acquired Sasha Pavlovic, a 6-7, 235-pound veteran who can play both shooting guard and small forward.

Pavlovic signed with the C's on Thursday, and is expected to be in uniform for Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

"Whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to do it," Pavlovic said. "Try to help them win games."

As far as his role, Pavlovic said the Celtics have told him to essentially be himself.

"They told me to play my game when I get in the game," Pavlovic said. "Whatever coach ask me to do, I'm going to try and do that; I'm going to try to help defensively and offensively, whatever I can do, I'm going to try and do it."

He added, "I'm just going to keep it simple. There's a lot of great players on this team. So whatever my role going to be, I'm going to be happy to do it."

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Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."