Seems like ages ago when we thought the Celtics were so deep that they would not have to make a deal at the deadline, well, times have changed and the moves made have started to pay off already and have put the team in better position than at any point in the season. Here is a quick rundown on where the C’s are from an injury standpoint:
Ray Allen: Allen sat out of practice on Thursday with soreness in his legs. More of a routine rest rather than something to be concerned with.
Glen Davis: Davis will be out 3-5 days with a strained patella tendon, however, he might be out longer based on the recent injury timetables that came and went for others. Davis’s minutes will go to Troy Murphy whilst he remains out.
Shaquille O’Neal: Shaq has been out since February 1st with an Achilles injury and just recently returned to light practice. Shaq is being listed as a week away from returning to game action, but we are taking a wait and see approach as we have been this close before. Shaq will start when healthy sending Nenad Krstic to the bench.
Jermaine O’Neal: According to Jermaine O’Neal via his twitter page: “To answer all of your questions, yes I will be back for the playoffs! But to be honest I will be back before the regular season is over!”
We are also taking a wait and see approach on Jermaine O’Neal as well, it has been said all along that the Celtics are good enough to coast into the playoffs in hopes of gaining their injured players once the post season begins and we are looking at the possibility of testing that theory.
Delonte West: West had been initially slated to miss a game or two with the ankle injury and could now be out at least another week. West is vital to the team as he is the only bench player capable of playing the point at a consistent level. Von Wafer and Avery Bradley will back up starter Rajon Rondo whilst West sits out.