Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “Glen Davis is at that point in his career where numbers no longer suffice. Though his 18-point performance during Friday night’s win against Toronto marked his highest scoring total in three weeks, the rest of his game was in serious need of a lube job. Doc Rivers made that clear after yesterday’s practice. ‘We need him to play better,’ the Celtics coach said. ‘His numbers haven’t gone down, but his play has the last three or four games. Baby is an important player for us, and he has to get back to keeping the game simple. He’s started doing too much stuff the last three or four games. He gets in and out of that.’ Ah yes, the time-tested Big Baby mantra — keep it simple.”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “West, who fractured his right wrist in Wednesday’s win over the New Jersey Nets, is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday morning and the team expects to have a better idea of a timetable for his return following the procedure. Rivers initially said he simply wanted to have West back in time for the playoffs, while Shaquille O’Neal, while admitting he’s not doctor, offered a three-month recovery time. West missed 16 games and nearly two months of activity after fracturing the same right arm in January 2009 while with the Cleveland Cavaliers.”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “Rajon Rondo, stoic as always, ran through a full practice yesterday and then some. He said his left hamstring has healed, added the painful case of plantar fasciitis will be an ongoing challenge, and then threw his name in the hat for as many minutes as coach Doc Rivers can offer. ‘I’ve been playing a lot of minutes,’ he said. ‘I want to play as many minutes as possible. If I’m willing and my health is fine, I want to be out there for as long as I can. It still hurts, but once my adrenaline gets going it doesn’t bother me. Ed (Lacerte, trainer) does a great job of taping me.’ As such, Rondo simply plans to play through his chronic foot condition. ‘Probably throughout the season,’ he said. ‘Ed told me it will probably go away in July when I’m resting.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “Rondo has kept an eye on Bradley this season, providing the mentor-like figure that Rondo lacked when he arrived in Boston as the 21st pick in the 2006 draft. Rondo raves about Bradley’s talents, but knows his boundaries as well. ‘You try not to put too much in his head,’ said Rondo. ‘You let him learn for himself, or he can ask Nate [Robinson] or coach Rivers. He has guys in front of him who are willing to teach him [and] help him learn the game.’ And Rondo can vouch for the NBA-ready defense that Rivers had raved about. ‘He’s way past me,’ said Rondo. ‘Defensively, he’s way past me now, probably, as far as the pick-and-roll. He’s very physical… He’s a physical presence. He gets into you on picks, he gets up into you, defensively, and he turns you, makes you dribble with your back towards the basket.’”
Mike Petraglia, WEEI – “Forgetting the time practice begins is not the best way to endear yourself to the coach – especially when it comes after the coach gives you and the rest of the team the Thanksgiving weekend off. But Shaquille O’Neal can be lucky that he’s built up a lot of goodwill with Doc Rivers. ‘You get over it,’ Rivers said. ‘Listen, if a guy had a history, then you deal with it differently. When a guy doesn’t have a history or something, it happens. It’s life, you move on. You do whatever you do, fine [the player] or whatever all that stuff is. I never release that stuff and it’s not a big deal.’ The Celtics center missed practice on Monday when he forgot when practice began, according to coach Doc Rivers. Team spokesman Jeff Twiss confirmed that O’Neal did make the team flight to Cleveland for Tuesday night’s game.”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “And this is Rivers’ outlook on bench play now: ‘You come into the year with a plan, and you’ve got to change the plan sometimes. That’s something we’re doing as a staff too. The 10-man unit is not going to work right now. It just can’t. We went into the year, and I told you, I believe it’s really important for us to have [a deep rotation] because it allows us to get rest. But with injuries, it’s unrealistic.’ … ‘We’ll still try to keep minutes down, but we’ll have to sub differently,’ said Rivers. ‘Again, it’s not what I wanted to do. Really, the way our starters play, I’d rather extend their minutes together. But it’s not going to work out that way. So we just have to sub in one of our bench guys earlier and hope this doesn’t affect the starting group. We’ll find out.’”
Marc Stein, ESPN – “Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker intends to launch his latest comeback with the D-League’s Idaho Stampede, according to sources close to the situation. After years of legal and financial woes, Walker first must pass a background check that all D-Leaguers are subjected to before he can sign with the league, sources said. But plans are already in place for Walker’s rights to be claimed by the Stampede, who are coached by former NBA guard Randy Livingston, as long as there are no snags with background review. … The maximum salary in the D-League is a modest $25,500, with players also provided housing and health insurance, but Walker’s willingness to play under those terms is believed to part of his plan to show NBA executives how serious he is about this comeback.”
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