Rivers: Wilcox will be limited vs. Trail Blazers

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Rivers: Wilcox will be limited vs. Trail Blazers

BOSTON The Boston Celtics are challenged enough as it is with the big men they have.

The last thing they need is for one of their frontcourt players to be out of the lineup, making the return of Chris Wilcox even more important.

Wilcox was unable to finish out Boston's 95-83 loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday due to being sick.

"It was like a 24-hour bug or something," Wilcox told CSNNE.com. "But I'm better now; much better now."

Maybe so, but C's head coach Doc Rivers is still reluctant to play him significant minutes tonight.

"Chris is not going to play much," Rivers said. "And honestly, if I don't have to play Chris I will not play Chris."

Wilcox did not participate in Boston's practice on Thursday, and was not at the team's shoot-around Friday morning.

His return to form is vital not only in what he brings to the floor, but also as it pertains to Kevin Garnett.

Garnett is the first player that Rivers subs out most games, with Wilcox being his replacement.

Without Wilcox, Rivers will likely go with a smaller player or possibly reserve center Jason Collins as Garnett's backup.

Report: Celtics 'expected' to talk to Mavs about deal for Bogut

Report: Celtics 'expected' to talk to Mavs about deal for Bogut

The Celtics reportedly are "expected" to talk to the Mavericks about a deal for Andrew Bogut, according to scout.com, but negotiations would be "dependent on what bigger move Boston can make".

Bogut, 32, is in the final year of his contract. The 7-foot center, while healthy, has played in only 26 games this year and is averaging just three points a game. But he's also averaging 8.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes, and rebounding has been one of the Celtics' big areas of weakness this year. The C's rank 27th in the league in reboundinh, and 26th in defensive rebounding.

According to scout.com, the Mavs would part with Bogut for Tyler Zeller and one of Boston's first-round draft choices.