OFFSEASON

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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OFFSEASON

Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

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Report: Celtics meeting with Al Horford "went very well"

The Boston Celtics' meeting with free agent center Al Horford "went very well," a source told The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach.

The source also added that the Celtics have a "good chance" of signing Horford.

Horford is expected to demand a max contract valued at roughly four-years, $113 million.

Multiple other reports suggest the Hawks have resisted offering Horford a max, though they are working to clear space to re-sign him.

OFFSEASON

Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to son's engagement party

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Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to son's engagement party

Danny Ainge had Kevin Durant on his mind -- and on his feet -- while attending his son's engagement party this week.

Ainge's son, Cooper Ainge, tweeted a series of images showing that his father was wearing a pair of Kevin Durant's Nike KD 8 shoes:

We can only assume Ainge will walk into Saturday's meeting with Durant wearing a pair of these.