Davis to return today; West on Wednesday

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Davis to return today; West on Wednesday

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

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

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
 
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
 
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
 
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
 
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
 
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
 
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
 
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup