The Morning Walkthrough is a set of links to Boston Celtics articles throughout the internet, designed to get your day started the right way.
Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald – “Kendrick Perkins suffered a scheduling setback of sorts. He was held out of the heavy parts of yesterday’s practice, and it now appears he won’t get to truly test his surgically repaired right knee until next week. ‘He didn’t do anything live,’ said Rivers. ‘We went pretty hard, so I didn’t want him out there in that. We did a lot of contact stuff, and I didn’t want him to be a part of that.’ But the center doesn’t believe he’ll be prevented from playing in the real games before the All-Star break. ‘I thought I was going to be able to go contact, but they pushed me back another week,’ he said. ‘I don’t know why. I just went hard. I was able to go full speed. I’m just anxious to get back out there.’ Perkins said he was ‘a little bit’ frustrated, ‘but at the same time I know it’s for my best interests. I only need like two weeks of practice, so I think I’ll be all right.’”
Greg Payne, ESPN Boston – “One day after resuming on-court basketball activities, Delonte West on Tuesday detailed his somewhat peculiar off-court rehabilitation activities for a fractured right wrist: Karate videos on YouTube and buckets of rice. ‘I’ve been looking at like Karate masters and stuff on YouTube and honestly they teach learning how to fall — tuck and roll and all that, and jump up and Judo kick,’ West enthusiastically told reporters. ‘So I don’t plan on breaking anything anytime soon, so cameramen on the baseline, watch out for the Judo kick.’ … ‘I’m able to support the basketball, but I’m not allowed to catch the basketball or dribble it just yet,’ said West. ‘It’s getting there. Every day it feels better. Obviously I’m able to get some work in, so that’s positive. So I’m expected to get back soon. That’s what I want to do, that’s what’s going to happen. I’m still waiting for confirmation to be able to dribble the basketball, lift things. [The brace] can be deceiving right here because I’m dominant left when I shoot anyway. I’m just supporting the basketball and I’ve got a pretty sturdy brace on. But once I take [the brace] off the wrist is still weak and sore. But it’s getting there. Every day feels better.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston – “Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers held Kevin Garnett out of Tuesday’s contact-filled practice session and said Garnett is doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. ‘I doubt he’ll play tomorrow,’ said Rivers. ‘Again, there’s a chance, but I doubt it. [Garnett] did some running on the treadmill and all the stuff in the weight room. We were on the floor, we went full-court, so he couldn’t [participate]. He did do some sliding up and down, I just don’t think he’s ready yet.’ … ‘He’s just not ready yet,’ said Rivers. ‘He’s close, very close. But you know how I am with that. I think he wants to play, I’ll put it that way. I just don’t think he should play yet.’”
Paul Flannery, WEEI – “Celtics president Danny Ainge doesn’t like to give timelines on when injured players will return to the court and there’s a good reason for that: Things change. Take Kevin Garnett, for example. Late last week Doc Rivers suggested that Garnett would be back Monday or maybe Wednesday. That forecast no longer appears likely to materialize after the Celtics went through practice without Garnett on Tuesday. ‘He’s just not ready yet,’ Rivers said. ‘He’s close, very close. I think he wants to play, but I just don’t think he should play yet.’ That was probably the right call. Why take a chance in mid-January if you’re not 100 percent certain? But if he doesn’t play by Friday, expect a whole host of questions about the nature of Garnett’s injury, which has been described as a calf strain. Without the timeline, this is just a common-sense delay.”
Peter May, ESPN Boston – “Part of the agita surrounding Garnett’s potential return date is the man himself, who chooses to make himself invisible while not playing. We were told Tuesday that Garnett was at practice, running on a treadmill, doing defensive slides, lifting weights. We never saw any of it. We are told Garnett is at all the games. He is there before, during and after the game, talking to his teammates. We see none of that. ‘He’s around,’ Rivers said. ‘He just doesn’t like to be seen.’ Garnett sustained his latest injury Dec. 29 against the Pistons. A day later, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said Garnett would be out for possibly two weeks but said that was a conservative estimate. Two weeks from Dec. 29 is Wednesday. Rivers said Garnett did not participate in a rather physical practice Tuesday. He said Garnett will not participate in any shootaround Wednesday because there will be no shootaround.”
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE – “Now having lost two straight, the C’s are finding themselves having to deal with the kind of questions that championship-caliber teams don’t usually have to address. Specifically, their mental toughness. No, it’s not being questioned so much by the media. Instead, it’s their head coach, Doc Rivers. ‘You look at some of our losses, record-wise, you know it’s mental,’ he said. ‘That’s a mental mindset and it starts with me. I’ve got to somehow figure out a way of getting them to see the urgency of the whole season and not the single game.’”
Julian Benbow, Boston Globe – “The Celtics are 4-4 since Garnett’s injury. They’ve lost two straight, after the Rockets handed them a 108-102 loss Monday night. Houston was the fourth team to hang 100 points on the Celtics in Garnett’s absence. But Rivers doesn’t think the team’s struggles come from waiting for Garnett’s return. ‘They may be, but I don’t sense that,’ Rivers said. ‘This is just a low-focus stretch. It happens, but we’ve got to stay on top of it, that it doesn’t happen. It’s that time of year. Almost the All-Star break. After the holidays. But this is the time, that mental toughness that I’m talking about that we have to lean on.’”
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