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Delonte West gets closer to return

Delonte West [1] wanted to play Thursday night against the Lakers. He went to the Celtics [2] medical staff and argued his case. They debated the issue and that debate is what caused Doc Rivers [3] to say, no. Not yet.

“I said if we have to go back and forth on it, then the answer is no,” Rivers said. “So, he’s going to practice Saturday. I would actually like him to play in the New Jersey game [next Wednesday] just to get him one game [before the All-Star break].”

Rivers left the door open for West to come back against Miami on Sunday. It will largely depend on how West does at practice, who went through his first full-contact work this week. [4]

The Celtics may need him. Nate Robinson [5] left the Lakers game at the 8:45 mark of the second quarter with a bruised knee and didn’t return. Without Robinson the Celtics bench was reduced to Glen Davis [6] and Von Wafer [7]. Rookie Avery Bradley [8] played less than two minutes to finish out the third quarter because of foul trouble and fellow rookie Luke Harangody was a DNP-coaches decision.

The Celtics have been waiting for West for most of the season. He missed the first 10 games with a suspension and then broke his wrist just five games into his return. His return will help their backcourt depth, which has been depleted with the loss of Marquis Daniels [9].