West suffers broken wrist, may miss rest of regular season

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West suffers broken wrist, may miss rest of regular season

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- The Celtics suffered a huge blow Wednesday night when Delonte West suffered a fractured right wrist that may sideline him for at least the remainder of the regular season.

West suffered the injury after falling on a drive to the basket with2:43 left in the second quarter. He attempted to use the wrist to break his fall, and immediately screamed when he hit the ground. He was in obvious, severe pain as he was worked on by the medical staff, grimacing and screaming when the trainers moved the wrist a certain way.

The medical staff immobilized the wrist and helped him off the court to the locker room.

Coach Doc Rivers said West could miss the entire regular season.

"It'sbroken for sure," Rivers said. "Don't know anything else more thanthat; a compound fracture most likely. But that's going to be a longtime, let's just put it that way."

"It's tragic for Delonte," general manager Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe. "Basketball is a very important part of his life. I hate to see this happen. But Delonte will be able to return late in the season to help us."

West broke thesame wrist in early 2009 and missed 16 games as a member of theCleveland Cavaliers. He had played just five games since returning froma 10-game suspension. West was averaging 7.5 points and 2.3 reboundsand 2.0 assists entering Wednesday's game.

The injury is ablow to the Celtics backcourt, which was already without Rajon Rondo(strained left hamstring). Rondo hasn't played since November 19against the Oklahoma City Thunder and is doubtful for Friday's gameagainst the Toronto Raptors.

Ainge told the Globe the team has no immediate plans to go outside the organization for a replacement.

"We like our guys, and Avery Bradley, the team's first-round draft choice is starting to get healthy and Avery and Von Wafer are going to have to step up and play," Ainge said. "In order to make a roster move we'd have to left someone go and we like our guys."

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Williams surprises with big first half

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Williams surprises with big first half

BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 5 between Boston and Cleveland as the Cavs have a comfortable 75-57 lead.

STARS

LeBron James

He is definitely in triple-double mode tonight, tallying 20 points along with seven rebounds and seven assists at the half while shooting a blistering 7-for-8 from the field primarily on lay-ups and dunks.

Avery Bradley

The deficit is huge, but it hasn’t stopped Avery Bradley from playing with the kind of focus and desperation that sadly, most of his teammates are lacking tonight. He has 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

 

STUDS

Deron Williams

Easily the biggest surprise of the game tonight, D-Will looks like the D-Will from a few years ago that was viewed as one of the top point guards in the NBA. He has 14 points at the half on 5-for-6 shooting.

Jae Crowder

The Celtics have to be careful with Crowder in the second half. He has 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting and is doing a good job of attacking the Cavs defense and getting to the free throw line. But he also has three personal fouls.

Kevin Love

Once again Kevin Love got off to a fast start for the Cavaliers, and has 12 points along with seven rebounds at the half.

Kyrie Irving

Like the rest of the Cavs, Irving has also had a solid start shooting the ball. He has 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting to go with three assists.

 

DUDS

Kelly Olynyk

He’s in the starting lineup ahead of Amir Johnson for his ability to help space the floor with his shot-making. So far, shot-taking is all Olynyk has done in the first half. He’s scoreless at the half, missing all four of his shots from the field while grabbing just two rebounds.

 

Brown (hip) and Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5

Brown (hip) and Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics are far from being healthy heading into tonight’s must-win Game 5, but they will have all of their players available with the exception of Isaiah Thomas (hip).

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown (right hip) was questionable heading into tonight’s game, but he told CSNNE.com earlier that he was planning to give it a go tonight.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens confirmed later on that the 6-foot-7 rookie would in fact play tonight.

His presence tonight is one of the many keys to Boston’s efforts to keep their season alive.

They trail Cleveland 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, with a loss tonight ending their season and with that, sending the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the third straight season.

Boston’s Amir Johnson (right shoulder) did not play in Game 4, but will be in uniform and available to play tonight. Stevens said the 6-foot-9 veteran was healthy enough to play in Game 4 but Stevens elected to keep him out of the game because he wanted Johnson to have more than one day to rest his shoulder before potentially playing him again.

In other injury-related news, Stevens confirmed comments made earlier in the day by Danny Ainge regarding Isaiah Thomas’ right hip injury which led to the Celtics shutting him down for the playoffs after the injury proved to be too much for him to play through at halftime of Boston’s Game 2 loss.

Speaking during 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show, Ainge said there was “a lot” of inflammation around the affected joint on Thomas’ right hip.

“It had gotten worse from the MRI’s he had before,” said Ainge who added that it would have been “irresponsible to allow him to play anymore.”

Said Stevens: “It sounds to me like the course of action right now … is let the inflammation go down a little bit.”

Ainge said earlier that because of the inflammation, it will likely be at least a couple weeks before Thomas and the Celtics will know if he will require surgery or whether another form of treatment will be needed.

Because of that uncertainty, Ainge stressed that Thomas would not return to play in this series even if it were closer.

“No. No way. He’s done (for the season),” Ainge said.