By A. Sherrod Blakely
BOSTON Delonte West continues to catch breaks - the bad kind, of course.
The 6-foot-3 guard re-aggravated his sprained right ankle in Boston's 83-81 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Although West says he will play against Minnesota on Sunday, his status will depend on how the ankle progresses between now and then.
"I've had a sprained ankle before; it normally takes two, three days and you're back in action," West said. "But they're saying I got a chipped bone in there and I think I kind of over-did it a little bit in practice (on Thursday)."
Several players commented on how hard players went at each other in Thursday's practice.
Another casualty from that practice was Troy Murphy, who also has a sprained ankle injury.
Murphy, who did not play in Friday's loss, is wearing a boot on the ankle and is also questionable for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
As for West, this is the latest in what has been a season filled with one setback after another.
He was suspended the first 10 games of the season for pleading guilty to a weapons possession charges last summer.
After that, he returned to action but suffered a broken right wrist after appearing in just five games.
West eventually returned to the lineup, but found himself back on the shelf after suffering a sprained right ankle during a walk-through practice prior to a Feb. 28 game at Utah.
Although he played more than 18 minutes on Friday, it was clear that the ankle was giving him problems.
West finished with two points while missing five of his six shot attempts.
"I said once I step on the court, there (are) no excuses," West said. "I'm still going to play defense, but with my shot I noticed that I was all in the take-off and landing. It was throwing my shot off."
Because he's a lefty, West is used to jumping off his right ankle - the injured one.
And while the possibility that this latest ailment might sideline him, West said "don't plan on it."
He added, "I think a day or two should be sufficient. I should be good to go next game. I said no more excuses; this is going to be the last time you hear about the ankle from me."