By A. Sherrod Blakely
WALTHAM You can add Glen Davis to the list of Boston Celtics players getting some "strategic rest" right now.
Coach Doc Rivers said the left knee injury that has sidelined Davis for the last two games, will keep him out of action Wednesday against the Clippers as well as Friday's game at Philadelphia.
While Davis admits the knee isn't completely healthy, he says he wouldn't be on the bench if this were the playoffs.
"Oh, no way. Playoffs? I'd have to play with that," Davis said. "I've been playing with this injury the whole season. A couple weeks ain't going to hurt a little bit. As long as I don't get to the point where I can't walk."
The injury news isn't as optimistic about Von Wafer, who suffered a right calf strain against Golden State on Friday.
Boston was hoping a couple days of rest would be enough, but Rivers said Wafer would be out at least another week.
"It wasn't a tear, but it was a pretty good pull," Rivers said.
As for the C's other injured players - Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal and Delonte West - all three did not participate in Tuesday's practice and it's unclear when any of them will return to action.
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WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”
Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . . he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”