Nate Robinson plans on playing Sunday versus the Miami Heat after exiting Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a knee bruise. Robinson was scheduled to have an MRI, but after consulting with team doctors decided to seek treatment for the injury and is on schedule to play Sunday.
Expert Analysis: Nate Robinson has been averaging 7.3 points per game, 2 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game in just over 18 minutes a game this season. As one of the key reserves off the bench, Robinson plays with energy and can provide an offensive spark. The loss of Robinson would be a devastating blow to the guard rotation as the Celtics are already dealing with loss of Marquis Daniels leaving Von Wafer (2.5 ppg, .8 rpg .5 apg, 8 mpg) and rookie Avery Bradley (1 ppg, .4 rpg, .3 apg, 4.5 mpg) as the only remaining options behind starters Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.
The rumors of an early Delonte West return have been squashed as head coach Doc Rivers would like to see West participate in a few more full practices before returning to game action.