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Injury update: Big Baby improves, Quis does not 05.27.10 at 6:22 pm ET
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The good news for the Celtics is that Glen Davis has shown improvement after suffering a concussion in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The news is not so promising on Marquis Daniels, who also had a concussion. Rasheed Wallace, meanwhile is still struggling with back spasms.

First, the positive news for the Celtics. Doc Rivers said on a conference call with reporters that Davis was looking better and that he was undergoing tests this evening with the team doctors.

“He didn’t have any headaches today,” Rivers said. “He had some last night, he didn’t have any today, which is a big step. All of it will be a game-time decision, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Daniels, meanwhile, is not so fortunate and it’s looking doubtful that he will be ready for Game 6 Friday.

“Marquis is not doing as well as Baby,” Rivers said. “I would actually say right now that he won’t be ready.

Then there’s Wallace who had his back tighten up during the game. Rivers sounded cautiously optimistic about Wallace’s availability, although he did have a rough morning.

“Rasheed is doing better,” Rivers said. “It was not going well at all today. We watched some film before we got on the plane and he couldn’t sit down, but he’s doing better [now].”

All three are said to be game-time decisions. Brian Scalabrine is the one player on the roster with NBA experience who has been mostly inactive during the playoffs. Scalabrine was activated for Game 2 of the series with the Magic after Shelden Williams had a back spasm.

Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney, who were signed at the very end of the season, are the other two options in a worst-case scenario.

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Daniels dedication contagious 02.26.10 at 1:06 am ET
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Marquis Daniels is sick.

Not sniffly nose sick, but that stay-in-bed-all-day kind of sick where you can’t help but feel bad for him when you see that pained look on his face.

Daniels has been battling the flu the entire week, but he still played on Thursday night against the Cavaliers. He started, in fact, in place of Paul Pierce.

He fought through picks, defenders, and illness. Daniels hustled for 31 minutes, defended LeBron James, grabbed three rebounds, and picked off a steal along the way.

“He did a great job,” said Glen Davis. “Being sick is tough. He’s a competitor and he plays hard. But he went out there and did what he had to do.”

After the game Daniels looked exhausted as he slouched at his locker. His voice was faint and he  simply shook his head when asked how he felt.

The Celtics will not practice on Friday. Daniels will wait until then to talk to the doctors about what he kind of activity he should or should not do.

But even though he is sick, it’s his dedication that’s most contagious.

“I commend him because the last day or so he’s been somewhat shaky and not strong,“ said Ray Allen. “You could tell that his energy was very low. So for him to be out there, I definitely commend him.”

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Pierce out again, Daniels to start 02.25.10 at 7:34 pm ET
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Paul Pierce will miss his second straight game with a sprained right thumb while Marquis Daniels will start after missing Wednesday’s practice with flu-like symptoms. Doc Rivers made the announcement in his pre-game chat with reporters.

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Pierce, Daniels miss practice 02.24.10 at 4:04 pm ET
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WALTHAM — The Celtics will likely be without Paul Pierce when they take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on Thursday night, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

Pierce was kept out of practice on Wednesday to protect his injured right thumb while Marquis Daniels was sent home with flu-like symptoms.

“I’m not going to say definitely but most likely not [Thursday],” Rivers said. “We’ll just evaluate it day-to-day. I didn’t want him to take a chance of getting his thumb hit at all in practice so that if he did feel good [Thursday] but if not, we’ll just wait. We’re just going to go a game at a time with him.”

Asked if he were concerned that Pierce’s thumb was anything more than a sprain, Rivers said likely not. “I would know if it’s something else and it’s not,” he said.

Also missing practice on Wednesday was Daniels. “We sent Marquis home. He looked awful so we’ll see [Thursday] and if not I have no idea right now so we’ll figure it out,” Rivers said.

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Daniels fueled by adrenaline in return 02.07.10 at 6:58 pm ET
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All along, Marquis Daniels has said he didn’t want to play with any fear when he returned from his thumb injury.

More than two months have passed since Daniels underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. On Sunday against the Magic, he stayed true to his word.

Daniels was greeted by a standing ovation when he made his debut with 4.3 seconds left in the first quarter — “I appreciate that,” he said. “Thank ya’ll. Thank you everybody.”

Doc Rivers told Daniels he was looking for him to be aggressive, and Daniels listened. He shook off a careless foul he committed as Mickael Pietrus shot a 3, and had confidence in his own shot. He knocked down his first attempt (a turnaround jumper) just 46 seconds into the second quarter.

“It’s always a good feeling to make your first shot,” he said with a laugh. “The basket started looking wider, so it was just a good feeling just to make the first one.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Pierce, Daniels make Magical returns at 2:00 pm ET
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed before Sunday’s game that Paul Pierce and Marquis Daniels will play against the Magic. Pierce missed the last two games with a left mid-foot strain while Daniels has been out since having surgery on a torn ligament in his left thumb.

“I didn’t think he looked great [Saturday] so we’ll just see,” Rivers said. “A lot of times, it’s just him testing it out instead of playing on it so it can fool you.”

Rivers said he did something he rarely does. He asked Pierce how he feels the day of the game.

“I went to him today, which I rarely do and went back to him, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said, ‘The pain’s on the top of the foot. It’s not anything under the foot. I can push off fine I just hope I don’t get kicked in it or stepped on.

“I said, ‘I’m sure that’s going to happen now.’ That’s all he’s concerned with.”

[Click here to hear Rivers talk about Pierce's return before the game.]

Pierce didn’t speak before the game about his return but Daniels did.

“I’m pretty excited,” Daniels said. “I’m ready to get out there and get active.”

His only concern is not having the thumb tested by getting it whacked in practice first before game action. To soften the expected blow, he will wear a bandage with a cushion on his left thumb.

“I still didn’t get it hit,” Daniels added. “I’m quite sure that somebody’s going to hit it today.”

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Daniels may suit up against Magic 02.06.10 at 4:57 pm ET
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WALTHAM – Marquis Daniels may suit up against the Magic on Sunday, but Doc Rivers is still undecided if he will play.

“If Marquis dresses, I still don’t know if he’ll play tomorrow,” Rivers said after practice. “I’m not sure.”

While the Celtics ran contact plays during practice, Daniels, who has been out since early December with a thumb injury, did not get as many hits in as Rivers would have liked. Daniels had previously said he was looking forward to getting his first real hit (he just preferred it didn’t come from Kendrick Perkins or Glen Davis).

But if it were up to him, he would be getting back on the court on Sunday.

“Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be ready to go,” he said. “Whatever minutes I get, I’ll be ready to go out there and perform.”

After practice Daniels tweeted, “1st game back 2morro, thumb is feeling pretty good so anxious to play I don’t think y’all understand”

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