Delonte West plans to return tonight, against — wait for it — Tyler Hansbrough and the Indiana Pacers. But West says he will not be 100% the rest of this season. (CSNNE)
Delonte West has indicated that he plans to make his return from a sprained ankle when the Celtics take on the Pacers Wednesday. And though he feels healthy enough to play, he told CSNNE’s Carolyn Manno that he is still experiencing some discomfort.
“I don’t think I’m gonna be 100 percent at all this year,” he added. “I’ve been told that the wrist is gonna take another six months to recover, still don’t have rotation. The ankle is a little sore, but no more sore than any other player is playing with right now.”
Prior to spraining his ankle (but after breaking his wrist), West had finally started to show why the Celtics expect so much from him. Jeff Green, Delonte West, and Glen Davis? Opposing coaches should have fits defending that crew. Those are three legitimate starters in the NBA, coming off Boston’s bench. All can score 20 on any given night. All (minus Green) can defend. All play smart (for the most part) basketball, and should fit well together.
With West set to return, it begs the question: What happens to Carlos Arroyo? I never thought I’d actually want Arroyo to stay in the rotation when West came back. But he’s played himself into the conversation, at the very least. He’s not going to score 30 or 40 points (and probably not even eight or 10), but Arroyo has run the offense well. Doc Rivers may want to put West at shooting guard to make room for Arroyo. Again, I never thought I’d want Carlos Arroyo playing minutes. When he signed, I thought he was just insurance. Now, I’m actually wondering whether he deserves a role.