After Nate Robinson left last night’s game with a “bruised right knee,” Delonte West’s return became even more vital for the Boston Celtics.
Doc Rivers actually considered playing West last night, and the Celtics’ guard could play as soon as Sunday against the Miami Heat. But if he does play Sunday, don’t expect big minutes. A more realistic return date is Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets. (Boston Globe)
“It’s funny, before the game he asked the doctor if he could play and he and our team doctor were going back and forth on it,’’ Rivers said. “I said if they have to go back and forth on it, then the answer’s no. We’re going to practice Saturday, and I would like him actually to play in the Jersey game, just to get him one game. Even if he does play Sunday, it’ll just be 5 or 10 minutes. It won’t be much.’’
Avery Bradley, are you ready? (Wherever he is, I can almost hear the word: “No.”) Even so, now — with no other backup point guard available — is the perfect time to get Bradley a few minutes. I can’t be the only one hoping Rajon Rondo plays less than 44:21 next game.