Celtics giving injuries the boot

Celtics giving injuries the boot

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Some of the Boston Celtics are donning a new look of sorts, but this is the kind of fashion trend they would just as soon end sooner rather than later.

Shaquille O'Neal, who hasn't played since Feb. 1 due to an assortment of right leg-related injuries, is now wearing an immobilization boot.

And Troy Murphy, who suffered an ankle sprain in a recent practice, is also wearing a boot.

"Boots now, if you have a wart now, you put a boot on these days," quipped Doc Rivers. "Everybody has a boot. I'm going to get one."

While the idea of wearing a boot may seem to indicate a serious injury, Rivers said that's not the case with either O'Neal or Murphy's injuries.

Murphy is considered day-to-day, while O'Neal is still on target to play sometime next week.

By immobilizing O'Neal's foot, there's a belief that this will lead to a more speed recovery.

"I just think they're trying to speed it up, more than (it) getting worst," Rivers said. "I jus know they decided to do it, put a boot on. I don't think it's a setback because we haven't had a set; we haven't figured out a date when he's coming back. Talking to Eddie (Lacerte, the team's trainer), they think it's the same, in about a week or so."

Sounds familiar?

Yeah. Even Rivers recognized the repetitious nature of the latest update on Shaq.

"I've been saying a week for about three weeks now," he said. "So I don't think it's changed any."

He isn't the only O'Neal on target to return soon.

Rivers said Jermaine O'Neal, who underwent surgery on his left knee in February, will join the team when they play at Indiana on Monday.

He will not play in that game, but Rivers anticipates he will be able to participate in practice leading up to the Celtics' matchup with San Antonio on Friday.

Rivers also said that while Von Wafer (right calf) is back practicing with the team, he won't play tonight or on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”