Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com reported over the weekend that Glen Davis had his pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb. Davis was seen wearing a new soft cast while watching the C’s NBDL affiliateThe Portland Red Claws. Forsberg also noted that Big Baby would have to wear this softer cast until next week before gaining full control of his thumb.
Despite these reports, Celtics fans had been given no real timetable on when we might be able to expect the former LSU star to return to the hardwood. That changed today however, as Boston Globe Celtics beat writer Gary Washburn made an educated guess about Davis’ projected return date. Here’s his response from the chat on Boston.com today:
Gary Washburn: He is now wearing a soft cast, but remember, he has to strengthen the right hand and then practice and then be cleared to play, so I am thinking Jan. 2 vs. Toronto.
If the January 2nd estimate ends up panning out, Glen Davis would have missed 10 weeks of action since he decided to duke it out with his friend that fateful October night. This recovery time would be on the long side of initial reports that declared Davis would be expected to miss 6-8 weeks after the surgery. However, it is relatively clear that the C’s are being cautious and patient with Baby’s recovery, as they should be given the team’s recent success and overall depth on the roster.
Finger injuries, especially on one’s shooting hand are tough injuries in basketball, so look for Baby to get plenty of practice reps before seeing game action, in order for him to regain his touch and help avoid any setbacks once he returns.
In the meantime, Shelden Williams has a couple more weeks to make his case on the floor to keep some of his minutes once Davis returns.