Krstic hopeful to play Tuesday


Krstic hopeful to play Tuesday

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON -- Nenad Krstic was looking pretty happy for someone whose season was in question just four days ago.

Turns out, the injury he suffered against the San Antonio Spurs looked a lot worse than it actually felt. Krstic was trying to stop after running full speed to the basket on Thursday night. He says he was pushed from behind and his right knee went in and out a little bit.

On Saturday a negative MRI revealed what Krstic had thought - there was no serious damage. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise and listed as day-to-day.

Krstic considered playing on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons and is hopeful to play on Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

I tried to run Sunday and do some stuff with the basketball and I was feeling pretty good, but some of the movements, like when I hyperextended my knee and leg, I still had sharp pains, he told And that was only me doing it, not with any contact. So thats why I was thinking maybe get through practice Monday and feel more comfortable.

This injury is minor for the big man who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the 2007-08 season with the New Jersey Nets. After enduring such severe pain in the past, he knew this injury wasnt to the same extent. He thought, worst case scenario, a torn meniscus.

Krstic is following a treatment regimen that includes icing and massage. He feels spasms in the muscles around his knee which prevents him from hyperextending it without discomfort.

But he'll take it, knowing it could have been a lot worse.

I still feel pain, but Im really happy its nothing serious, he said.

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First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

First Celtics practice 'a little different' but 'feels right' for Horford

WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”

Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . .  he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”