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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