West ready to go in first round versus Knicks

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West ready to go in first round versus Knicks

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - After sitting out the final game of the regular season with a sprained right ankle, Delonte West is looking forward to getting on the court in Game 1 against the New York Knicks.

Any discomfort is a non-issue for the gritty guard who is determined to provide a spark off the bench. The Celtics will look to West to back up Rajon Rondo, as point guards Carlos Arroyo and Avery Bradley are inactive for Sundays match up.

I feel great. It is what it is, he told CSNNE.com of the injury. The playoffs started so there the so there aren't any excuses. I'm suiting up so I'm ready to go.

West went to the playoffs with the Boston Celtics as a rookie in 2005. That season, they lost to the Indiana Pacers in seven games.

Six years later, he is back in Boston - and back in the postseason with the C's.

It feels wonderful, West said. This feels right.

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NBA officiating: Smart foul that cost C's potential win was wrong call

NBA officiating: Smart foul that cost C's potential win was wrong call

Were it not for a Marcus Smart personal foul with under 12 seconds to play, the Celtics might have won Saturday’s game against the Trail Blazers in regulation. Instead, they lost in overtime, but it turns out they should have at least had a shot at the regulation win. 

The game's Last Two Minute Report released by NBA officiating, which assesses all calls made in the final two minutes of play, labels the Smart foul “IC,” or “incorrect call.”

Smart was called for a personal foul on a play in which he stole the ball from Damian Lillard under the net and scored. Had the foul not been called, Boston would have held a 112-111 lead with 10.8 seconds remaining. 

The report states the following: The replay shown on the DF BCAST shows Smart (BOS) makes clean contact with the ball.

Portland went on to outscore Boston, 14-10, in overtime to earn a 127-123 win at TD Garden.