Celtics notes: Wafer strains calf

Celtics notes: Wafer strains calf

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - Von Wafer had seen it happen to his teammates numerous times this season. He was one of the few, though, who had avoided the injury bug.

But it bit on Friday night, leaving Wafer with a strained right calf and an uncertain timetable for his return.

I feel alright, just a little sore, he said after the game. The calf is sore.

Wafer expects to miss a few days, with treatment to be determined. He left the game with a boot on his right foot, but he is trying to keep his spirits from being hobbled.

This is not the first injury of his four-year career, after all. Besides, he has seen his teammates fight back from long-term injuries this season, which he looks at as motivation.

Thats just what Im going to try to do, he said. Ill be alright.

The First Supper

When Ray Allen learned the Celtics were acquiring Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic from the Oklahoma City Thunder, he got ahold of Greens phone number from a mutual friend.

He sent Green a text message to welcome him to the team.

He texted me saying things are going to be great, Green recalled to CSNNE.com.

When Green and Krstic joined the team in Los Angeles, Green invited Allen to join the newcomers for dinner. Allen cancelled his plans, pleased by the eagerness of a young player.

Green wasnt a sushi-eater, but he couldnt turn down the company.

It was just a great talk - me getting to know him and him getting to know me and Nenad, Green said.

Allen wanted to share the mentality of the team, explain Doc Rivers philosophies, and give a glimpse into each of the Celtics.

I talk a lot, Allen laughed. So they probably couldnt get a lot in.

Up next

The Celtics will travel to Milwaukee on Saturday to play the Bucks. The Celtics won their first meeting of the season, 105-102 in overtime at TD Garden. Paul Pierce led all players with 28 points while Rajon Rondo dished 15 assists.

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Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.