Pressey not concerned with ankle injury

Pressey not concerned with ankle injury
October 16, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Phil Pressey got his first NBA start for the Celtics on Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

(USA Today Sports)

TORONTO — The life of an NBA rookie involves a slew of team-related chores such as carrying the bags of a veteran teammate.

Celtics rookie Phil Pressey understands this all too well, which is why he was still planning to carry out his rookie duties despite walking on a gimpy left ankle after a 99-97 preseason loss to Toronto on Wednesday night.

"I'm good," he told Rajon Rondo who offered to let him out of carrying his bag. "I'm good."

Pressey certainly has been good for the Celtics in establishing himself as a viable option for coach Brad Stevens to turn to off the C's bench.

Although he was scoreless in Wednesday night, Pressey still managed five assists and four rebounds in about 22 minutes.

He would have been on the floor even longer if not for his left ankle injury which sent him to the bench for good with about four minutes to play.

After the game, Pressey didn't seem overly concerned about the ankle being an issue going forward.

"I rolled this ankle before,"  said Pressey, who added that he sustained the injury in the first half Wednesday. "I just tweaked it again and it hurt a little bit more this time."

Pressey added, "I taped it up and I re-rolled it again [in the second half]. But it's good. Get some ice on it, get some treatments today and [Thursday], I'll be all right."

That's a good thing considering how Pressey's play has brought him prominently into the discussion of playing in what is shaping up to an extremely crowded backcourt.

Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford have been the Celtics' starting backcourt each of the past three games. Courtney Lee will see action off the bench or possibly starting at shooting guard.

That has led to Pressey and MarShon Brooks likely fighting for whatever minutes aren't gobbled up by the team's other three guards.

"Right now, I'm doing whatever coach Stevens asks me to do," Pressey said. "He was telling me keep working hard and keep proving myself everyday."