West has wrist brace removed


West has wrist brace removed

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON -- Delonte West is one step closer to getting back on the court.

On Monday, he was cleared to work out without a brace on his broken right wrist. While he admits he's still a little timid to catch the ball, he has been able to shoot and dribble without the extra protection.

Im cleared to do as much as my wrist permits, he said prior to the Celtics-Pistons game on Wednesday.

West goes brace-free for most of the day and sleeps with it on to prevent his wrist from moving in an awkward position.

He will undergo a CT scan next Tuesday for further evaluation.

As for his return to the game, he would like to get in a few practices first, which he expects he will be able to do in the next two or three weeks.

Once he is medically cleared to go, he is leaving it up to the Celtics coaching staff. He hasnt played since late November and doesnt want to force his way back into the rotation.

Im scheduled for a CT Scan, but that what the doctor says still isnt on Doc Rivers schedule, he laughed. We have a good team here, guys are playing well, and just because Im cleared to play doesnt mean I will play.

For now, West will take his comeback one day at a time. Fortunately for him, each day has been looking up.

Said West, Im happy about the progress and each day is better than the last one.

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Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.


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