WALTHAM The Boston Celtics are used to playing with a limited roster because of injuries, and tonight's game against Portland seems headed in that direction.
In addition to Jermaine O'Neal who remains out with a wrist injury, the Celtics may also be without the services of Mickael Pietrus and Chris Wilcox.
Pietrus, who did not participate in the team's morning shoot-around, has soreness in his right knee - the same knee he had surgery on last summer.
A decision on whether he plays won't be made until shortly before tip-off.
As for Wilcox, he too was not at the C's morning shoot-around.
Fortunately for the Celtics, his absence was not injury-related.
A team official said he had an excused absence to attend to a personal matter. It is unclear if the matter will be resolved in time for him to play tonight.
So like Pietrus, Wilcox's availability won't be known until closer to tip-off.
Pro Football Talk reported last week that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is still frustrated that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore a Barstool t-shirt that had shows him wearing a clown nose.
In an interview with the Boston Herald, linebacker Rob Ninkovich said he didn't think there was anything wrong with Patricia's t-shirt choice.
“Everyone has the right to wear whatever shirt they want,” Ninkovich said. "Everyone has to wear a shirt, right? You can’t just wear no shirt. I think someone threw it at (Patricia), and he said, ‘All right, nice shirt, it’s cool, it’s blue, so I’ll put it on.’ I thought it was a funny shirt.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal. . . People want to take it how they want to take it. If you really think about it, everyone has to wear clothes, so you just put a shirt on, and you know, it is what it is. I think it’s a nice shirt. It’s blue. I love blue. My favorite color is blue.”
The shirt may have interfered with Patricia's head coaching candidacy during the 2017 offseason, NFL Media's Jason La Canfora said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher And Rich" in February
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