Davis to return today; West on Wednesday


Davis to return today; West on Wednesday

By A.Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON The Boston Celtics will move one step closer to becoming a complete team today when Glen Davis returns to the lineup.

A team source confirmed that Davis, who has missed the C's last four games, will be back in the lineup today.

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers confirmed the CSNNE.com report moments ago.

His return comes at a great time for the Celtics, who are trying to snap a two-game losing skid which ties their longest such streak this season.

Among the reasons for Boston's recent struggles has been their lack of big men.

"I love Baby and we need his good play," Rivers told reporters. "But with the bigs we have, I will take a bad-playing Baby tonight. It still gives us an extra body."

Without Davis, the C's were down to Jeff Green and Troy Murphy as their two primary big men off the bench.

"And that's when we wanted to go small," Rivers said. "It's good to have him (Davis) back."

That wasn't the only good news the C's got on the health front.

Delonte West, whose sprained right ankle injury has kept him sidelined for the last five games, will return to the Celtics lineup soon.

"Feeling good," West told CSNNE.com following the Celtics' pre-game walk-thru in which he was among those to participate.

When asked when he would be back in the lineup, West said, "Wednesday (versus the Indiana Pacers) for sure."

Like Davis, the C's will benefit from West's return to the lineup.

His injury left the Celtics extremely thin at the backup point guard position, which is why the C's added Carlos Arroyo.

With West returning to the lineup soon, the Celtics will have yet another option to turn to from a bench that's slowly but surely, getting deeper and stronger.

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

Garnett to add ‘raw insight and commentary’ to TNT NBA coverage


Garnett to add ‘raw insight and commentary’ to TNT NBA coverage

BOSTON – Kevin Garnett may have retired from the NBA as a player, but you knew the future Hall of Famer wouldn’t stray too far from the game. 
The 15-time NBA All-Star, who won an NBA title with the Celtics in 2008, will be a contributor on TNT’s NBA coverage this season. 
“I'm excited to join the Turner family,” Garnett said in a statement. “I’ve been a fan for a long time, so I’m thrilled that it’s a reality now.”
In addition, the network says he will appear weekly this season while providing “raw insight and commentary.”

As one of the more engaging players in this generation, it’s great to know that there will be a home for Garnett to continue providing his always-colorful thoughts on basketball-related matters. 
While the network says in a released statement that he will provide his commentary from a standalone set which will involve him interacting with special guests from the entertainment as well as sports community, I’m eager to see how he fits in with their NBA Three – Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and his ex-Celtics teammate Shaquille O’Neal. 
Because when KG’s around and he sees a mic, you never know what he’s gonna do.