West's injury plagued season continues


West's injury plagued season continues

By A. Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON Delonte West continues to catch breaks - the bad kind, of course.

The 6-foot-3 guard re-aggravated his sprained right ankle in Boston's 83-81 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Although West says he will play against Minnesota on Sunday, his status will depend on how the ankle progresses between now and then.

"I've had a sprained ankle before; it normally takes two, three days and you're back in action," West said. "But they're saying I got a chipped bone in there and I think I kind of over-did it a little bit in practice (on Thursday)."

Several players commented on how hard players went at each other in Thursday's practice.

Another casualty from that practice was Troy Murphy, who also has a sprained ankle injury.

Murphy, who did not play in Friday's loss, is wearing a boot on the ankle and is also questionable for Sunday's game at Minnesota.

As for West, this is the latest in what has been a season filled with one setback after another.

He was suspended the first 10 games of the season for pleading guilty to a weapons possession charges last summer.

After that, he returned to action but suffered a broken right wrist after appearing in just five games.

West eventually returned to the lineup, but found himself back on the shelf after suffering a sprained right ankle during a walk-through practice prior to a Feb. 28 game at Utah.

Although he played more than 18 minutes on Friday, it was clear that the ankle was giving him problems.

West finished with two points while missing five of his six shot attempts.

"I said once I step on the court, there (are) no excuses," West said. "I'm still going to play defense, but with my shot I noticed that I was all in the take-off and landing. It was throwing my shot off."

Because he's a lefty, West is used to jumping off his right ankle - the injured one.

And while the possibility that this latest ailment might sideline him, West said "don't plan on it."

He added, "I think a day or two should be sufficient. I should be good to go next game. I said no more excuses; this is going to be the last time you hear about the ankle from me."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”