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Delonte West gets closer to return 02.11.11 at 2:27 pm ET
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Delonte West wanted to play Thursday night against the Lakers. He went to the Celtics medical staff and argued his case. They debated the issue and that debate is what caused Doc Rivers 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.

The Celtics may need him. Nate Robinson 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 and Von Wafer. Rookie Avery Bradley 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.

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Delonte West: ‘I would love to be out there’ 02.09.11 at 3:57 pm ET
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Delonte West reached a significant milestone in his comeback from a broken wrist on Wednesday when he went through a full-contact practice with his injury-ravaged teammates. The Celtics needed him because they were down to just nine other players with Semih Erden and Shaquille O’Neal unavailable and Paul Pierce home sick.

Pierce is expected to play against the Lakers on Thursday, while Erden (groin) and O’Neal (Achilles) are not. West would like to be out there as well, but he also knows that he’s not ready yet.

“I definitely surprised myself,” West said. “I was able to go full contact. I got down there scrapping around with the big guys a little bit.” At the same time West acknowledged, “My conditioning wasn’€™t there. My timing was all off. I would love to go tomorrow. I feel confident. I expressed that to the trainers. But I think they want to stick to the plan.”

The plan is for him to return after the All-Star break when the Celtics head out on another west coast trip. Asked if it was tempting to bring West back sooner with Marquis Daniels out indefinitely, Doc Rivers said, “No, not for me. Obviously we’€™d love to have him [Thursday] but it’€™s not tempting for me.”

Still, West hinted that he may try to sneak in a game before the break. The Celtics play the Heat on Sunday and the Nets next Wednesday before the All-Star break next weekend.

When he does return, West won’t be operating at full strength and he won’t be fully recovered until the summer. He pegged his health at 85 percent, but that won’t keep him off the court. “I was told that I won’€™t be 100 percent for at least six months,” West said. “I still can’€™t rotate my wrist all the way around, there’€™s still a lot of pain in there.”

West said that he would wear some protection on his wrist when he does return, and as an added measure, he’s been studying martial arts for tips on transferring body mass when he does fall. “I’€™m not trying to make a joke here,” West said. “I’€™ve been studying kung fu. No, seriously. Guys that fall for a living.”

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Banged up Celtics grind through knowing Lakers won’t have sympathy at 2:42 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Doc Rivers knows the Lakers could care less about the banged up Celtics.

They don’t care that the Celtics had just 10 players for practice Wednesday. They don’t care that Paul Pierce was home sick instead of gearing up for the rematch with the Lakers Thursday night at TD Garden. They don’t care that 38-year-old Shaquille O’Neal is nursing a sore right Achilles tendon that has forced him to miss the last three games.

They don’t care that Semih Erden is about to miss his second straight game with a right adductor strain. They don’t care that the Celtics don’t have a proven replacement for Marquis Daniels, who went down with a bruised spinal cord on Sunday afternoon.

“You come to play the game,” Rivers said. “We don’t worry about the body count. They’re not going to worry about the body count, I can guarantee you that. We’ll be read. We’ll be fine.”

All the Lakers care about is getting revenge for that 109-96 Celtics win on Jan. 30 at Staples Center.

The Celtics were reduced to 10 healthy players in practice on Wednesday.

On the bright side, Delonte West participated in his first full contact practice since his broken right wrist, suffered on Nov. 24 against New Jersey.

“We had 10,” Rivers said following Wednesday’s practice. “Paul’s is sick so he stayed at home. Semih is out, Shaq is out. Delonte practiced today but he won’t play [Thursday] or probably won’t play until after the break.”

Rivers said he does expect Pierce to play Thursday but not O’Neal or Erden. “I expect him to play,” Rivers said of Pierce. “He’s just not feeling good. We’ll see [Thursday]. I don’t expect Shaq, I don’t expect Semih. I don’t think [O'Neal] can go yet so we’re just going to wait until he gets healthy.”

Rivers said West was allowed to return but cautioned his players to try and use good judgment so that West’s right wrist wouldn’t be hit.

“We told [players] no reaching which is impossible with some of our guys but other than that, we got through it,” Rivers said.

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Delonte West plans to return Feb. 22 02.06.11 at 6:23 pm ET
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In the aftermath of the Celtics‘ 91-80 win over the Eastern Conference rival Magic on Sunday afternoon, Delonte West said he plans to return from his wrist injury on Feb. 22 against the Warriors in Oakland.

“Righ now, they think I’ll be back the first game after the All-Star break,” said West, adding that he will be returning to full-contact practice soon.

West hasn’t played since breaking his right wrist against the Nets on Nov. 24. The Celtics’ reserve guard played just five games after serving a 10-game suspension to open the season for a weapons charge . He averaged 6.8 points and 2.0 assists in 17.6 minutes in those games.

After recently getting his cast removed, West has participated in non-contact drills at practice in addition to shooting prior to games.

As for Sunday’s game action, West expressed concern for Marquis Daniels, who suffered a bruised spine and is expected to miss a month. West also said of Rajon Rondo, who scored a season-high 26 points: “In my opinion, Rondo is the best point guard in the NBA, but I guess you’ll have to leave that to the experts.”

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Delonte West shows TD Garden crowd he’s getting closer 02.04.11 at 7:32 pm ET
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Delonte West keeps progressing in his attempt to return from a broken right wrist. One day after he went through a full shootaround and skeleton practice with the Celtics on Thursday at their practice facility, he warmed up on the TD Garden floor, showing everyone he can catch with his right hand and shoot with his left.

“He didn’t practice,” coach Doc Rivers said on Thursday. “He just did the shootaround and the shooting and that’s about it.”

But Rivers acknowledged it was significant that West could take part in catch-and-shooting drills without any protection whatsoever on his wrist, broken on Nov. 24 in home game vs. New Jersey.

“That’s nice. He did run through all of our skeleton stuff so obviously, the next step will be him going through a practice,” said Rivers before adding that there is still no specific timetable for West to return to game action. “I have no idea. No time soon I don’t think but I’m not sure.”

Meanwhile, with Shaquille O’Neal out Friday and likely Sunday vs. the Magic, Kendrick Perkins was thrust into the starting lineup on Friday against the Mavericks, a little sooner than the All-Star break timetable Rivers orginally expected.

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Doc Rivers keeping it real on Delonte West and his quick progress on a broken wrist 02.03.11 at 4:20 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Delonte West took another significant step in his attempt to return from a broken right wrist when he went through a full shootaround and skeleton practice with the Celtics on Thursday at their practice facility.

“He didn’t practice,” coach Doc Rivers said. “He just did the shootaround and the shooting and that’s about it.”

But Rivers acknowledged it was significant that West could take part in catch-and-shooting drills without any protection whatsoever on his wrist, broken on Nov. 24 in home game vs. New Jersey.

“That’s nice. He did run through all of our skeleton stuff so obviously, the next step will be him going through a practice,” said Rivers before adding that there is still no specific timetable for West to return to game action. “I have no idea. No time soon I don’t think but I’m not sure.”

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Danny Ainge on The Big Show: C’s not likely to deal at deadline 01.27.11 at 5:26 pm ET
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly visit and said that the team was likely to stay intact through the rest of the season. The trade deadline is Feb. 24, but unlike last season the Celtics aren’t likely to be in the trade market.

Not only are they playing better, but Ainge also pointed to the return of Kendrick Perkins last week, as well as the return of Delonte West, hopefully in late February.

“Of course there’s players out there that are good players, but I like our team,” Ainge said. “I like the mix when we’re all healthy. It’s also very difficult to make any trades because the contracts that could make some significant noise are the contracts of our big four And then the guys on our bench like Perk or [Glen Davis], we certainly don’t want to move any of those guys to make and of those trades. So I like our team and I think this is probably the team that we’ll be with by the time the season ends.”

[Go to The Big Show audio on demand page to hear the whole interview]

Ainge said that getting West back will be a key addition for the Celtics because of his versatility. “We’re looking forward to Delonte coming back, but he probably won’t be back until the end of February,” Ainge said. “He’s a perfect fit and compliment to the guys that we have on our bench and maybe the guy that’s the most versatile. He shoots and he handles the ball. He runs the team. He’s a terrific defender, rebounder. We really miss having Delonte out there.”

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