Davis to return today; West on Wednesday

Davis to return today; West on Wednesday
March 13, 2011, 8:13 pm
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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