It seems rude to discuss the beneficiary of someone else’s bruised spinal cord, but Von Wafer stands the most to gain from Marquis Daniels’ injury. Daniels had been the one backup Doc Rivers trusted to spell Paul Pierce, and the Celtics will now need someone, likely Wafer, to step into that role.
“I just have to play hard, and just let whatever happens happen,” said Wafer. “I’m not going to put any extra pressure on myself. You can’t do that. I just need to play basketball, and just do the best I can.”
After early season struggles that left him in Rivers’ doghouse — and, even before that, in a war with Stephane Lasme for Boston’s final roster spot — Wafer has gradually become accustomed to his new team. The Celtics do things differently, and Wafer was forced into a role he’d ever filled. Wafer had always been a scorer, first and foremost. But the Celtics need him to contribute in other ways.
“I think it’s just getting in a rhythm,” he said. “I’m just finding my spots. On this team, I’m just learning when to shoot, when to be aggressive, when not to be aggressive. I think I’m just starting to get in a good rhythm.”
Asked whether increased playing time would help that rhythm, Wafer was adamant.
“Oh, definitely. I’ll get my legs under me,” he said.
“Hopefully, I can contribute for my guys, for my team.”