According to the Boston Herald, Marquis Daniels underwent surgery after having an MRI to determine the severity of the injury to his left thumb. Daniels will have to miss the next 6-8 weeks which brings him back in late January to very early February.
Quotes from Doc Rivers via Herald:
“I’ve seen a lot of things. He hasn’t been able to hold onto the ball,” Rivers said. “I think it’s affected Eddie (House), because earlier in the year, and especially in preseason, Eddie was getting great shots off of Marquis passes. Now (Daniels) doesn’t have the ability to pass and I think that affects Eddie.”
Rivers also said: “I’ve been thinking about it and just watching him practice. He tried to get a rebound with one hand when he needed both. He wouldn’t say anything. He kept saying it’s fine, just a little pain, nothing big. … but let’s get it fixed.”
So now what? We even saw in just last nights game, how much the Celtics had to jumble their rotations to make up for the lack of Daniels. Let me ramble off a few games this means he will miss: @Magic on Christmas / @Suns / @Hawks / Home vs. Hawks / Home vs. Mavs / Home vs. Trailblazers / Then depending on at what point he comes back in late January or early February: @Orlando / @Atlanta / Home vs. Lakers.
In my next post, I will play a game of give or take, but bringing Glen Davis into this is not relevant for the post heading. Those are some big games I would sure like to have Daniels in there to play defense againt certain players, as well as take minutes away from Pierce and Ray as these are the hard fought games they have to log the most playing time. Granted he is not as big of a loss as would be KG, PP, or Ray, but I think we can all understand what Daniels brings to the table. Every peice to the puzzle has its importance.
So the big question is: Where is his 20+ minutes going to go? JR Giddens could see increased playing time at the 3 with Ray on the floor playing the 2 with a small lineup. Tony Allen could receive his 577th chance at getting some good minutes to prove his worth. Or maybe, just maybe, we could see our beloved Billy Walker come up from the D League. He was a guy we were hoping for all offseason to come in and help back up The Truth. Chances are, we will see a combo of everything above, even stuff I did not list. It will all be dependant on the game circumstances. Doc has already had his work cut out for him by mixing up the perfect batch of lineups, now he just has another challenge thrown into the mix. He has accepted the challenge thus far, and there is faithin in him to continue.
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