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It Never Ends: Delonte West Sprains Ankle, Will Miss Tonight’s Game


The injuries are getting a bit comical at this point, but the C’s took another hit yesterday, when Delonte West sprained his right ankle during…..a skeleton drill of all things….by stepping on a teammate’s foot. I’ll let Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe take it from there:

“It’s not a bad sprain,” Rivers said. “If it was a playoff game, he’ll play. But you know how we are now. He’ll miss today, maybe even Wednesday’s game and then he’ll be back after that.”

Injuries have been the story of the Celtics season with nine different players missing a combined 177 different games.

“It’s been one of those years,” Rivers said.

After starting the season with a 10-game league suspension, West missed 39 games after breaking his wrist in November. He’s played just eight games this season.

“I don’t even think they noticed today,” Rivers said. “We were doing film and I said, ‘Delonte’s not here.’ The guys were looking around. I don’t even think they count anymore who’s in the room and who’s not. They just kind of focus on what they have to do and move forward.”

Obviously, not a huge blow, but given how terrific Delonte looked Saturday night against the Clippers, this setback if nothing else, may set back his rhythm a bit. Still a skeleton drill? Doc can’t even catch a break in non-contact practices.

As for tonight, luckily the Jazz are not as deadly at the point guard spot with Deron Williams shipped out of town. Look for Doc to go heavy on the minutes with Rajon Rondo and perhaps we see some Ray Allen/Paul Pierce point forward maneuvering like earlier in the year as well. There’s a chance of course Avery Bradley could be thrown into the fire as well in the second quarter, but that hasn’t gone well this year either, so Von Wafer will likely be beneficiary of most of the extra minutes that West has taken, with the Pierce/Allen/Rondo trio handling the point duties.

Finally, Benbow also noted via his twitter account that Danny Ainge expects Shaq back in 1-2 weeks and Jermaine O’Neal returning in 3-4 weeks. Take it for what it’s worth.

  • James Patrick

    Is he SERIOUSLY that injury prone? It's getting ridiculous. God, I really wish we had dumped Jermaine O'Neal too. That guy's dead weight. At least West showed some signs of promise the other day.

    • ElRoz

      I say get rid of Delote for next year…cannot rely on this guy – there will alwasy be something: look at how he broke his writs – nobody touched him, he just flew up and landed on his wrist!

      Bradley will get about 30 seconds tonight.

  • rusty

    I agree Jermaine Oneal should have left as fast as he came, on a side note I dont think Bibby will make it to Boston chances are he will go play in Miami with his brother in law Eddie House

    • CG12

      don't be so hard on JO'N. He showed signs of being genuinely useful when he was able to play, and if the surgery allows him to give us 15-20 second team minutes, that will be huge. He will be the only real defensive center on the roster. He did a great job protecting the rim when he played. His issues were on offense, and we don't need him for offense.

  • kricky

    No need to panic here. But it would have been nice if he'd continued to get minutes and integrate himself back into the system.

    I guess we get to see more Von Wafer now. Silver lining?

  • guest

    Harsh guys. Harsh. Yeah Delonte has bad luck but it's just an ankle sprain. How many other Celtics have sprained their ankle this year?

  • nbsmatambo

    like really lol…i have to pray everyday i go on my twitter that i dont see an update about someone rolling and ankle, breaking a hand or something…


  • james patrick

    I don't recall Jermaine O'Neal showing signs of anything this year. How many games has he even played in. Like 5? And how come he didn't get the surgery ASAP? D West is having some serious bad luck this season. Guy could probably sprain an ankle in a grocery store. haha JK

  • Razah

    Oh God PLEASE NO. Ray Allen playing the point forward is more scary than when KG went out with a strained calf. Expect A LOT of turnovers then.

  • OKCeltics

    How about giving Avery a few minutes? He's healthy and could use the seasoning. If not now, when?

    • talesofJP

      nailed to the bench. Tough news for Delonte, I'm sure he's more upset by it as anyone is. We can't catch a break, but hopefully we use up all the bad luck in the regular season. Amazing this team is atop the east with all the injuries.

    • ElRoz

      make that 30 seconds a game…Doc will rather play Rondo 47 minutes during a regular season game than let Bradley play.

  • ElRoz

    Deltone is physically a very fragile man with very little luck. I hope they dump him at the end of the season – let somebody else sign him and wait 80% of the season for him to play. You just CANNOT rely on this guy.

    With that said, Doc Rivers will probably play Bradlyy 30 seconds or one minute tonight….this is a very very important playoff game, so Rondo is going to play about 47 minutes, no point in saving him tonight.

    Doc is NOT very good at developing his bench and young talent through the regular season.

  • Carlos R

    JO out for 3-4 more weeks? That means he will be available in April and, if he's going to catch any rhythm, he will have to do it in the play offs. God help us!

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