Celtics add veteran Arroyo to back up Rondo

Celtics add veteran Arroyo to back up Rondo
March 5, 2011, 8:44 pm
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By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON The Boston Celtics have filled the one glaring hole in their roster by adding veteran point guard Carlos Arroyo.

To make room for Arroyo, the Celtics opted to not pick up a second 10-day contract for Chris Johnson.

The addition of Arroyo speaks volumes about the Celtics mindset, which is clearly to win it all - right now.

Boston's need for a veteran backup point guard became apparent after Delonte West suffered a sprained ankle injury earlier this week at Utah.

The injury has kept him sidelined since then. And while he is expected to return as early as next week, the C's were becoming more concerned that his knack for getting banged up this season might become an issue in the playoffs.

The addition of Arroyo gives the Celtics a point guard whose strongsuit - passing - is similar to the man he will be playing behind, Rajon Rondo.

In addition, Arroyo is well versed on how to play with superstars.

Arroyo was recently waived by the Miami Heat, a team he began the season with as a starter alongside Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

However, Arroyo soon fell out of favor and found himself buried on the Heat bench.

Miami, sensing a need to upgrade at that position, waived him and immediately added Mike Bibby as his replacement.

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