By A. Sherrod Blakely
WALTHAM For a change, the Boston Celtics got some relatively good news on the injury front.
The strained Patella tendon in the left knee of Glen Davis wasn't nearly as serious as feared.
"It's sore. It's really sore, but I'll be OK," said Davis, who did not practice on Thursday.
In fact, coach Doc Rivers said Davis will likely return to action in less than a week.
An MRI performed Thursday morning on Davis' left knee showed no significant or structural damage.
"He may be out three, four, five days, but it's nothing serious," Rivers said.
Davis said he has been battling tendinitis in his left knee dating back to the NBA Finals last season.
He was hopeful that he could make it through all 82 regular season games, but admitted to feeling some relief when it was determined that his injury would not keep him sidelined too long.
"It's a sigh of relief," said Davis, who aggravated the injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 115-103 win over Phoenix. "But you don't want to be hurt, anyway. You don't want to sit out. But it could be worse. I'm just glad I'm here, I'm getting healthy and getting ready to play."
Davis' injury should afford newly acquired Troy Murphy and Jeff Green an opportunity to get some much-needed experience with the current Celtics.
"I'll be playing the four (power forward) a little more. I might be playing the 3 (small forward)," Green said. "No matter how many minutes I play, I'm going to give it my all and try to produce in the time I'm in."