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Delonte West reinjures ankle 03.26.11 at 12:20 am ET
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During practice on Thursday, Delonte West aggravated his right ankle injury and he felt the effects in Friday’s Celtics loss to the Bobcats.

“At the end of the day I keep trying to downplay it,” West said. “I’ve had sprained ankles before and it only takes two, three days you’re back in action. I’ve got a chipped bone in there. I think I overdid it the other day in practice. Yesterday I was going super-hard and the ankle swole back up on me.”

West said that he did two hours of treatment on Friday to get ready for the game, but he had no lift on his shot and had to leave the game with 7:15 left.

“Once I step on the court there’s no excuses,” West said. “I’m still going to play defense. When I went up for a shot I noticed it was all in my takeoff and landing, it was throwing my shot off. That last play before I went out I feel like I barely left the ground.”

West will be in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to meet with his probation officer. He is scheduled to finish his house arrest sentence for weapons charges. He said that he plans to join the team in Minnesota for their game with the Timberwolves on Saturday and hopes to be able to play.

“I think a day or two should be sufficient,” West said. “When I say no more excuses, this is the last time you’re going to hear about the ankle from me.”

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Irish Coffee: Delonte West ecstatic about Jeff Green 03.18.11 at 2:21 pm ET
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Wake up with the Celtics and your daily dose of Irish Coffee …

 

While the Big Four of Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen probably looked at the Celtics-Thunder deadline deal as “The Kendrick Perkins Trade,” at least one member of the C’s saw it from a different perspective.

That’s because Delonte West knew better than his teammates what Jeff Green was capable of contributing, because — as West puts it — everybody who grows up playing basketball in the Washington D.C. greater metropolitan area knows each other. Not to mention the two played together on the SuperSonics for half the 2007-08 season.

“I played with Jeff in a few rec leagues before up at Georgetown, and I played with him in Seattle,” said West. “I know what he can do. I know what he’s capable of. In Oklahoma, you had a few guys taking all the shine over there, but when I heard we were getting Jeff Green, I was automatic ecstatic. I’ve been in the gym with him before in Seattle. The guy can play.”

Green could play then, and West believes his former teammate is even better now that he’s added a few weapons to his repertoire of skills. Green has averaged 11.1 points on 48.8 percent shooting in 23.1 minutes a night in 10 games for the Celtics.

“Of course he’s matured a little bit,” added West. “He’s a few years in now, and he’s only getting better. I see him shooting that 3 ball real comfortably. I already knew he could run the floor and how easy he can get points for us. That’s important.”

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Kevin Garnett: Rajon Rondo’s playing hurt 03.17.11 at 12:41 am ET
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Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo‘s recent struggles have been well documented. While he appeared more explosive on the parquet, he still went scoreless and rebound-less while recording eight assists  against the Pacers on Wednesday night.

That (lack of) production led to this question posed to teammate Kevin Garnett: What’s wrong with Rajon Rondo?

“Rondo’s playing hurt,” said Garnett. “He’s hurting. He’s giving us everything he has. He’s grinding. He’s playing countless minutes for us, and he’s not playing like a washed-up guy.”

Asked if he thought it was Rondo’s tweaked ankle that was giving the C’s floor general problems lately, Garnett responded curtly, “I don’t know. You’d have to talk to him.”

Kevin Garnett says he's the Saul Bloom of the "Ocean's Eleven" crew.

On a less serious note, Garnett made a fantastic comparison between the Celtics and the “Ocean’s Eleven” cast, especially upon the inevitable returns of Shaquille O’Neal and (hopefully) Jermaine O’Neal.

“You know what’s crazy?” said Garnett. “This is like a good movie. As a matter of fact, I’m going to use ‘Ocean’s Eleven.’ You haven’t seen Matt Damon. You haven’t seen Brad Pitt. You haven’t seen Bernie Mac. You’ve just seen [George] Clooney and a couple other guys.”

So, which character is Garnett? “I’m Saul,” he said. Saul Bloom, of course, is the old pro who comes out of retirement to play a valuable role in the casino heist.

Garnett also touched on a few other hot-button topics from the Celtics’ victory …

  • On Delonte West’s return: “He’s a seasoned vet. He’s been in the thick of it. He’s been in countless playoff games. He has the experience. You kind of expect that from him. Whatever the perception is of Delonte isn’t the reality of what we deal with every day. He’s a very, very vocal guy – very smart. He definitely knows X’s and O’s, and he’s tough as nails. To get a guy like that back in your lineup, it makes your team better overnight.”
  • On Jeff Green’s 19-point effort: “Jeff Green is so versatile. If you put a three on him, he’s too small. If you put a four on him, he’s too big. He’s too quick. He has so much he can go to, and I think he’s going to pick up from some of the vets and the personal parts of the game where he can make himself better. He’s an unfinished product. When he puts that all together, he’s going to be something special.”
  • On the surging Bulls: “I don’t really care about Chicago.”
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Delonte West is ready for his next return 03.16.11 at 7:12 pm ET
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For the third time this season Delonte West is ready to make a comeback. His latest setback was a sprained ankle, but it was actually a little bit worse than that. West said before the Celtics game with Indiana that he actually chipped a bone in his ankle when he rolled it over a coach’s foot during a shootaround in late February.

“A standard ankle sprain I was thinking two to three days and I’ve been out for about two weeks,” West said. “I’ve waited this long, what’s two more weeks? We’re here now again, so I’m looking forward to playing.”

West has been out since Feb. 26 and he has missed all but eight games this season due to an NBA suspension, a broken wrist and his ankle injury. He said his goal is to get ready for the playoffs with the time he has left.

“The only thing to do know between now and the playoffs is to gain the trust of my teammates and the coaching staff so they want me to be out there with them during the playoffs,” West said. “I have a little bit of time now and that’s my goal right now.”

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said it was too soon to tell how he would divvy up the backcourt minutes between West and Carlos Arroyo.

“I want Delonte on the floor,” Rivers said. “I want to try to establish more and more the group that we have, the second unit.  We’ll see how those two play together. We’ll see how Delonte plays, where he plays better.”

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What Carlos Arroyo brings to the Celtics 03.08.11 at 4:10 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Before their open practice on Tuesday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers introduced their newest player, Carlos Arroyo, to his teammates. His new team proceeded to pummel him like baseball players do at home plate after someone hits a game-winning home run. With that bit of bonding out of the way, Arroyo began his crash-course in running the Celtics’ offense.

“He’s a point guard,” Rivers said emphasizing the last two words. “He’s been a point guard all of his life. Some of the stuff he’ll pick up pretty quickly.”

The Celtics have essentially played without a true backup point guard since Rajon Rondo took over the starter’s job in 2007. Eddie House and Nate Robinson — two shoot-first small guards — mainly filled that role, while the Celtics also tried Sam Cassell and Stephon Marbury as late-season experiments, with decidedly mixed results.

“It’s nice,” Rivers said of having a true backup point. “It’s just going to take him some time, but he knows how to run a team. That’s going to be great for us.”

Delonte West is supposed to be that player, but he has been unable to stay on the court; missing time with a broken wrist and a sprained ankle. Rivers said that West was definitely out Wednesday against the Clippers and called him “doubtful” for Friday’s Sixers game. The new hope is Sunday against the Bucks.

Rivers has been concerned about playing Rondo too many minutes. He has posted the following totals in his last six games: 43, 34, 42, 39, 42, 38. That 34 came in a relatively comfortable win over the Clippers. Rondo had to take himself out for a quick rest in the fourth quarter of their game against Golden State and looked a step slow on Sunday against the Bucks. While rookie Avery Bradley has stepped in admirably, the Celtics desperately needed a veteran hand at the position.

Into that spot steps Arroyo, who started 42 games for the Heat this season before being waived to make room for Mike Bibby. The 31-year-old Arroyo is the definition of a veteran journeyman, having played for six teams (the Celtics are his seventh) in his nine-year career.

His best season came back in 2003-04 when he started 71 games for the Jazz and averaged 12.6 points and five assists per game. Since then he’s bounced around between Orlando and Miami where he saw duty as a spot starter and backup. He was making 44 percent of his 3-pointers with the Heat, but he is a 34 percent shooter for his career.

“At this point in my career, everybody knows what I’m capable of,” Arroyo said. “Hopefully I can do a little bit more here and help the team. That’s what I came here for.”

Asked about what happened in Miami, Arroyo took the high road.

“I went from starting to not playing and I’ve got to respect that,” he said. “That’s coach [Erik Spoelstra's] decision. My job is to stay ready. I’m a true professional when it comes to that and I understand how the NBA works. I was just waiting for my time and hopefully my time is now.”

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Good news on Glen Davis, not so much Delonte West and Von Wafer at 2:27 pm ET
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WALTHAM — After sounding hopeful on Saturday that Delonte West would return Wednesday against the Clippers, Doc Rivers ruled that possiblity out following practice on Tuesday. West has missed the last four games with a sprained right ankle and was limited to working out on an exercise bicycle Tuesday while the team held an open practice.

“He’s not going to play [Wednesday],” “I think he’s doubtful for Friday, as well. We’re hoping Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Von Wafer is also battling leg issues and Rivers said his back-up guard, injured against Golden State last Friday, is out indefinitely. “Von is going to miss a while. He’s nowhere close to coming back,” Rivers said.

There was some good news as Rivers sounded much more hopeful with regard to Glen Davis, who is battling left knee soreness. The power forward has missed the last two games with patellar tendinitis.

“Baby said he felt great today but we’re going to hold him out for the next two games, for sure,” Rivers said.

The Celtics play the Clippers at TD Garden Wednesday night before traveling to Philadelphia for a Friday night game with the 76ers. They host Milwaukee on Sunday night.

Also, Carlos Arroyo participated in his first practice Tuesday with the Celtics after being signed to a veteran minimum pro-rated contract for the remainder of the season over the weekend. Arroyo is expected to be available on Wednesday night when the Celtics play the Clippers.

“He played against us in two playoff series. He should know some of our stuff. That’s the way we look at it. But he’s a point guard, been a point guard all his life. So I think some of the stuff, he’ll pick up pretty quickly. All the nuances of things, that’ll just take time,” Rivers said.

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Welcome to town, Carlos Arroyo at 12:41 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Sporting a bandage on his left [non-shooting] middle finger, Carlos Arroyo showed up for his first official practice with his new team on Tuesday at the Boston Celtics training facility.

He was given time at the point guard, opposite Rajon Rondo, while Delonte West [sprained right ankle] continued to watch from the sideline and go through stretching exercises.

If cleared West could join Arroyo in time for Wednesday’s game against Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers.

After celebrating his 39th birthday on Sunday, Shaquille O’Neal, meanwhile, was not at practice and has not been cleared yet from a strained right Achilles.

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