West's injury plagued season continues

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West's injury plagued season continues

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

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

Are Celtics better off building through draft or via trade?

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Are Celtics better off building through draft or via trade?

Steve Buckley joins Arbella Early Edition to give his opinion on how the Boston Celtics path to becoming a title contender will come, through the draft of via trades?

Ainge: 'This offseason is bigger' than others for Celtics

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Ainge: 'This offseason is bigger' than others for Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. – There was very little sizzle in the moves made by Boston during last season, one in which they were hoping would be a summer full of basketball fireworks.

Well the bar is once again set relatively high for the Celtics this offseason, one in which the chances of making an impact, fireworks-worthy deal appear to be even better now than they were a year ago.

The Celtics have Brooklyn’s first-round pick in next month’s draft that has a 15.6 percent chance of being the top overall selection, and will be no worse than the sixth overall pick.

That’s just the first of eight picks for the Celtics in next month’s draft.

Boston has the potential to shed enough salary to offer a pair of near-max contracts to free agents this summer.

“We look forward to every offseason,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “This offseason is bigger. My expectations are high this offseason. And yet I also know that it takes good fortune.”

There’s the NBA draft lottery later this month.

“We need some ping-pong balls to bounce our way, give us the best opportunity,” Ainge said.

The Celtics own Brooklyn’s first-round pick courtesy of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade with Brooklyn in 2013. That pick will be no worse than the sixth overall selection this season but has a 15.6 percent chance of being the top overall selection.

“Whether we use that pick, trade that pick and … in free agency we have opportunities. That’s all we have,” Ainge said. “We have no guarantees of great things happening. We have a lot of hope. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We have to have Plan A through Z; usually it’s A through G.”

Olynyk still mulling over options regarding shoulder

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Olynyk still mulling over options regarding shoulder

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Boston Celtics should know soon as to whether Kelly Olynyk will have surgery on his right shoulder which limited his effectiveness this past regular season and for most of the Boston’s postseason.

“Kelly is still deciding what to do with our medical staff, with the opinions he’s received,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operation. We should know in the next week or so. Surgery is an option; it is being discussed. But he’ll make that decision soon.”

The 7-foot Olynyk initially suffered a right shoulder injury on Feb. 10 against the Los Angeles Clippers in what was the last game before the all-star break.

Olynyk remained limited due to the injury which led to him missing 12 regular season games. He re-aggravated the injury in Game 1 of their first round series against the Atlanta Hawks.

In addition to the 12 regular season games missed due to the injury, Olynyk found himself on the bench for a pair of games during the Hawks series.

Prior to Game 6, Olynyk spoke with CSNNE.com about how much better he was feeling leading into that game compared to previous ones.

But that good vibe did not translate into on-the-court success as Olynyk was scoreless while missing both of his field goal attempts in just over five minutes.

This past season, Olynyk averaged 10 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent on 3s.  But during the six-game series with Atlanta, Olynyk scored just two points on 1-for-9 shooting.

Ainge was much more definitive on the health status of Avery Bradley (hamstring) and Jae Crowder (foot).

Bradley’s hamstring injury should be healed in plenty of time for the start of training camp and will not require any offseason surgery.

Crowder, whom Ainge said suffered from a bone bruise in his foot, should also be good to go for training camp next fall and like Bradley, will not require any offseason surgery.