By Jessica Camerato
BOSTON -- Two minutes and six seconds. That's all it took for Von Wafer to add his name to the long list of injured Celtics.
Wafer suffered a sore lower back during Thursday's game against the Hawks. He went to the trainer's room in the second quarter and did not return.
"When I came to the bench to start sitting down, it just got tight," he told CSNNE.com following the Celtics 102-90 win.
Doc Rivers said Wafer's back was bothering him before the game. "The last three games he's come in for treatment on his back."
Fortunately for the undermanned C's, Wafer does not expect to be kept out of action.
"I don't think it's that serious," he said. "I just think a day or two of treatment and rest and I'll be fine."
The Celtics need all the healthy bodies they can get. Even though Wafer is averaging less than six minutes per game this season, his playing time was expected to increase with the recent injury of Rajon Rondo.
Following Wafer's departure, the Celtics were down to just nine players against the Hawks.
"I tried to get it loose," he said. "But I've just got to come in and get treatment tomorrow and try to get it back right."
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BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.
But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.
Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.
The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.
But who will they be?
That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.
In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.
New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.
That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.
Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Oct. 4 Philadelphia 76ers UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA) 7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6 Charlotte Hornets Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8 Charlotte Hornets Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT) 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13 Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15 New York Knicks Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17 Brooklyn Nets TD Garden (Boston, MA) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19 New York Knicks TD Garden (Boston, MA) 7:30 p.m. ET