Daniels shakes off ankle injury, will play against Jazz

Daniels shakes off ankle injury, will play against Jazz

By A. Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON Doc Rivers confirmed that Marquis Daniels will play tonight, without any restrictions following left ankle sprain injury suffered against Detroit on Wednesday.

His play will be vital against a Jazz team that features a number of talented players off the bench like C.J. Miles.

Miles, who is averaging 12.2 points per game this season, has proven he can light up teams for big scoring nights at any time.

He has had 20 or more points scored nine times this season which ranks second among NBA reserves.

"Whenever my number is called, I'm going to come in and do whatever Doc (Rivers) needs me to do," Daniels said in a recent interview with CSNNE.com. "If it's score, rebound, defend it doesn't matter. I just want to help this team win."

In addition to updating the media on Daniels' status, Rivers also discussed the point guard matchup between Rajon Rondo and Utah's Deron Williams.

Both are among the top point guards in the NBA, but go about making an impact differently.

Rondo is more of a playmaker, evident by his league-best 13.2 assists per game.

Williams has the ability to hurt teams both as a scorer and playmaker.

He's averaging 22.1 points and 9.5 assists per game. Only once (Chris Paul, 2008-2009 season) has a player averaged as many points and assists in a single season.

Rondo has said in the past that he does look forward to facing the game's top point guards.

"He's human," Riers said of Rondo. "We had a game here where Rondo was terrific. We had a game there where Deron just dominated our whole team. Everyone has a memory. If not, we try to jostle it a little bit."

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