Delonte West ready to go 'full tilt' this week

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Delonte West ready to go 'full tilt' this week

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Delonte West's season came to a screeching halt on the parquet three months ago against the New Jersey Nets.

It looks as though it'll be jump-started against the same club.

Both West and coach Doc Rivers are targeting Wednesday's game against the Nets as the likely return of West to the lineup.

On Nov. 24, West scored on a driving basket and came down awkwardly which resulted in a broken right (non-shooting) wrist injury.

The absence of West has been magnified in large part because the C's have been ravaged by injuries all season.

Even with so many players out of action with so many highly anticipated matchups on the schedule lately, Rivers said he has not been tempted to bring him back sooner than later.

West, however, has not been as patient.

"West tried to tempt me, wearing his entire gear in shoot-around today was a good message for me, taped," Rivers said.

West's availability will depend on how he fares in practices on Monday and Tuesday, Rivers said.

"Hopefully we can play him some minutes," said Rivers, who added that he would like to see him play about 10 or so minutes against New Jersey.

West has been doing his best to convince Rivers and the medical staff that he's ready to return ever since he returned to fully practicing with the team last week.

Prior to the Lakers game, West had the medical staff going back and fourth as to whether he should play. Because of the indecision, Rivers decided to sit him out.

"I want to play; I'm a player," West said. "We've been geared and trained for this, play through injuries or minor injuries. They're looking more for the big picture. They don't want me to get out there and re-injure it before it's right there at the finish line. A few more days. I'm going to be going full tilt."

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

Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

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Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

After the Clippers were elminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, a disappointed Paul Pierce told ESPN that he was "50-50" about retirement. 

In a video after Portland's Game 6 victory posted on oregonlive.com, the former Celtics captain said his "heart is broken" by another playoff elimination. 

Pierce signed a a three-year, $10 million contract to return home (he grew up in Inglewood, Calif.) and play for his old coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.  He'll be 39 next season and coming off the worst season of his career. Pierce averaged 6.1 points, 36 percent shooting and 18 minutes a game, all career lows.

How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

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How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

WALTHAM, Mass. -- This past season, Isaiah Thomas took a major step forward to becoming more than just a solid NBA player, but one of the game’s best.
 
He knows he won’t stay among the elite for long if he doesn’t make some changes with the most notable being to his diet.
 
“I do not eat good,” Thomas acknowledged following his exit interview this week. “I eat like a young guy, a young guy who got a little bit of money, fast food every day. But I’m definitely going to change.”
 
The change becomes necessary not only in light of how the season ended for him and the Celtics, but also for his long-term goals, which include playing in the NBA until he’s at least 40 years old.
 
“I’m not that old but the greatest players took care of their bodies the best,” Thomas said.
 
Among those cited by Thomas who excelled at taking care of their bodies was former Celtic Ray Allen.
 
But Thomas was quick to add that he won’t go to the lengths that Allen did in maintaining good health.
 
“Because he’s a little crazy with that,” quipped Thomas. “I just want to play at a high level for a long time, like Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant. You have to take care of your body. That’s half the battle of performing out there on the floor.
 
Thomas added, “This is a big summer for me to start doing that.”
 
Eating right is just part of the transformation process for Thomas.
 
He’ll also modify is offseason workouts to include some work in the boxing ring with long time friend Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 
“I’m definitely work with him a few times, get my conditioning right, probably train, do some boxing stuff on the side, just to get in that type of shape,” Thomas said. “You get in that type of shape you won’t get tired on the basketball floor. This summer is big for me, transforming my body, getting into the best shape possible and coming back and having another all-star year.”
 
For the Celtics to improve upon this past season, they will need Thomas to continue elevating his play as well as the play of those around him.
 
It is that latter point that was among the many reasons Boston’s season is over. No matter what he did, those around him could not step their game up to a level needed in order to get past the Atlanta Hawks.
 
Chalk it up to another lesson learned for Thomas.
 
“You can’t do it on your own,” Thomas said. “There’s no way you can do it on your own. Nobody can do it on your own; and how hard it is to win playoff games, a playoff series. It’s not easy.”
 
And when you come up short, for Thomas is created an uneasiness that he never wants to experience again.
 
“I’m going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again,” he said. “It really hurt me. I’m going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and to work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you’ll I’ll be back better than ever next year.”