West suffers broken wrist, may miss rest of regular season

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West suffers broken wrist, may miss rest of regular season

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

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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Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

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DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”