After straining his right calf against the Golden St. Warriors, Von Wafer will miss a week or so. (Boston Herald)
“I don’t really know about Von,” Rivers said. “He’ll be out two or three games it looks like, (Glen Davis, knee) the same as before, and Shaq is probably not going to be back by Wednesday because his foot is bothering him again.
“Delonte, we’re hoping Wednesday. But when they say they’re healthy, I’m playing them. We have to get them on the floor. And once our guys are healthy, we’re playing (the starters) lower minutes.”
After the addition of Carlos Arroyo, Wafer’s place in Doc Rivers’ rotation can’t be very secure. At the very least, Rivers will have some tough choices to make when Delonte West returns. Does he play West at point guard alongside Wafer, or does he play Arroyo at point guard alongside West? Or does Rivers just send Sasha Pavlovic on the court by himself to play one-on-five?
Boston’s bench has become a crowded place. While that provides Rivers with options galore, it also leaves Wafer in a tenuous spot. For the Celtics, that’s not a bad thing; though Wafer has made strides on both ends of the court, he hasn’t been great this season. Additional depth is good, especially when so many players are falling victim to injuries.
In Wafer and West’s absence, Jeff Green could actually play a little more shooting guard. Though Green did not play shooting guard once this season in Oklahoma City (at least according to 82games.com), he spent time defending the position earlier this week. Not that such versatility comes without drawbacks. (Boston Herald)
“Jeff, we’re playing him far more at the 3 than he’s played, so he’s chasing guys off screens, and that’s new for him,” said Rivers. “We had him and Paul in together, and defensively he hasn’t chased 2s maybe ever. It’s just going to take time.”
Finally, the Celtics are done signing players. But their building process is not yet done.