Davis to return today; West on Wednesday

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Davis to return today; West on Wednesday

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON The Boston Celtics will move one step closer to becoming a complete team today when Glen Davis returns to the lineup.

A team source confirmed that Davis, who has missed the C's last four games, will be back in the lineup today.

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers confirmed the CSNNE.com report moments ago.

His return comes at a great time for the Celtics, who are trying to snap a two-game losing skid which ties their longest such streak this season.

Among the reasons for Boston's recent struggles has been their lack of big men.

"I love Baby and we need his good play," Rivers told reporters. "But with the bigs we have, I will take a bad-playing Baby tonight. It still gives us an extra body."

Without Davis, the C's were down to Jeff Green and Troy Murphy as their two primary big men off the bench.

"And that's when we wanted to go small," Rivers said. "It's good to have him (Davis) back."

That wasn't the only good news the C's got on the health front.

Delonte West, whose sprained right ankle injury has kept him sidelined for the last five games, will return to the Celtics lineup soon.

"Feeling good," West told CSNNE.com following the Celtics' pre-game walk-thru in which he was among those to participate.

When asked when he would be back in the lineup, West said, "Wednesday (versus the Indiana Pacers) for sure."

Like Davis, the C's will benefit from West's return to the lineup.

His injury left the Celtics extremely thin at the backup point guard position, which is why the C's added Carlos Arroyo.

With West returning to the lineup soon, the Celtics will have yet another option to turn to from a bench that's slowly but surely, getting deeper and stronger.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen

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Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen

In this week's jam packed episode of CSNNE.com's "Celtics Talk Podcast", Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk with former Celtic Leon Powe about this year's team, plus his role on the 2008 Championship squad. Powe tells some great stories about Kevin Garnett, and has an interesting take on Ray Allen not being invited to the reunion vacation Rajon Rondo is planning.

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Also included in this week's episode, Brian Scalabrine's interview with head coach Brad Stevens, plus the "Celtics PostUp" crew talks with Jae Crowder about his many nicknames, whether the 1st seed in the East is important, and his improvement on the floor.

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball said a bunch of crazy things Thursday during his appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe. Among them: He thinks that every white teenager gets a $100,000 car from their parents. 

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The most notable for Celtics fans’ purposes as it relates to the chances of Lonzo Ball coming to Boston was that the father does not want the C’s to take the UCLA product with the potential first overall pick of the 2017 draft. He also vowed not to be a pain in Brad Stevens’ ass if the C’s do take the point guard. 

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Ball was also asked about Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. He said that he doesn’t know Ainge and has never spoken to him, but he did have an interesting description of the scrappy Ainge’s playing days.  

“I don’t know anything about Danny Ainge, but I know when he was a player, he was one of them sticklers to get up under you, boy,” Ball said. “But I haven’t talked to him. I don’t know Danny Ainge, I just watched him play when he was younger and I knew for a white guy, you could elbow him in the face. He was going to get back up and keep playing.” 

Ball did not say whether he thinks his son would have a better playing career than Ainge, a one-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, but that should be assumed.