West suffers broken wrist, may miss rest of regular season


West suffers broken wrist, may miss rest of regular season

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON -- The Celtics suffered a huge blow Wednesday night when Delonte West suffered a fractured right wrist that may sideline him for at least the remainder of the regular season.

West suffered the injury after falling on a drive to the basket with2:43 left in the second quarter. He attempted to use the wrist to break his fall, and immediately screamed when he hit the ground. He was in obvious, severe pain as he was worked on by the medical staff, grimacing and screaming when the trainers moved the wrist a certain way.

The medical staff immobilized the wrist and helped him off the court to the locker room.

Coach Doc Rivers said West could miss the entire regular season.

"It'sbroken for sure," Rivers said. "Don't know anything else more thanthat; a compound fracture most likely. But that's going to be a longtime, let's just put it that way."

"It's tragic for Delonte," general manager Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe. "Basketball is a very important part of his life. I hate to see this happen. But Delonte will be able to return late in the season to help us."

West broke thesame wrist in early 2009 and missed 16 games as a member of theCleveland Cavaliers. He had played just five games since returning froma 10-game suspension. West was averaging 7.5 points and 2.3 reboundsand 2.0 assists entering Wednesday's game.

The injury is ablow to the Celtics backcourt, which was already without Rajon Rondo(strained left hamstring). Rondo hasn't played since November 19against the Oklahoma City Thunder and is doubtful for Friday's gameagainst the Toronto Raptors.

Ainge told the Globe the team has no immediate plans to go outside the organization for a replacement.

"We like our guys, and Avery Bradley, the team's first-round draft choice is starting to get healthy and Avery and Von Wafer are going to have to step up and play," Ainge said. "In order to make a roster move we'd have to left someone go and we like our guys."

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Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls


Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls

BOSTON – Change is an inevitable when it comes to NBA rosters.

Just as the Boston Celtics significantly altered the outlook many had for them this season by signing Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract, they face a Chicago Bulls team tonight that has also undergone significant change.

The Bulls traded away one favorite son (Derrick Rose) and went about adding another in Dwyane Wade.

In addition to Wade, Chicago also signed former Celtic All-Star Rajon Rondo to join a team headlined by All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

As easy as it could have been to worry about the struggles they had in disposing of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, the Celtics knew they had to immediately turn the page and shift their focus towards a Chicago Bulls team that’s looking to start its season with a quality win over the Celtics.

“They’re a good team. They have great players over there,” said Jae Crowder. “They’re trying to figure it out. They’re going to be very excited to play of course. We have to take care of business, play the way we want to play and impose our will even more.”

One of the keys to knocking off the Bulls will be to get better play from their second unit.

Boston’s backups were outscored 58-40 but more significant than that was their inability to hold off the late-charging Nets which forced head coach Brad Stevens to bring his starters back on to the floor with about two minutes to play.

Among the reasons contributing to the bench’s ineffective play on Wednesday was the fact that Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) was out.

Remember, Smart has been with the second unit for all of training camp minus the second half of their 121-96 preseason loss to the New York Knicks.

Crowder believes not having Smart, who will be out for another week or so, was indeed a factor in the second unit’s struggles.

“They trying to figure it out on the fly,” Crowder said. “With a few days of practice and probably one tough day of practice without him. It’s tough but they’re figuring it out. There’s no other way to figure it out but in a game. They’ll figure it out as soon as possible.”