Mar 9, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Phil Pressey (1) goes to the basket against Tennessee Volunteers guard Trae Golden (11) during the first half at Thompson Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics Minus Two Guards

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Two guards who figure to be key rotational players for the Boston Celtics this season, MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford, didn’t complete practice today. Both departed early and are questionable for tomorrow night’s game with the Knicks.

Crawford is healthy but was excused from practice as a result of a death in his family. Brooks was ordered to leave early after reporting a headache midway through practice. With the first game of the season over three weeks away, it is better for players to heal and nurse any wounds now rather than potentially aggravate injuries.

Also affected by an injury is guard Avery Bradley. Bradley had his left hand wrapped as a result of a left index finger injury sustained in camp. The injury didn’t slow him down much last night, as he led the team in minutes and was third in points with twelve.

If the two guards can’t go for tomorrows game, expect rookie free agent Phil Pressey to see playing time. Pressey didn’t see any action in the C’s opening game last night and is scheduled to see a lot of court time tomorrow night, with coach Brad Stevens quoted as saying to ESPN,

You’ll see a lot more of Phil Pressey, which is good. I’m really looking forward to that. I think he’s done a great job. I knew that prior to last night’s game. That’s why I didn’t play Phil last night and played Jordan a couple more minutes. So that was the point behind that. We’ll still mix and match a little bit, but I thought that we did find some good combinations.

Pressey was the last player to leave the court today and is itching for his opportunity. He spent the three seasons at Missouri and showcased his impressive passing and playmaking ability as he led the Tigers to the Big Dance in each season. His 7.1 assists per game last season were best in the SEC and ranked 10th in the nation, ahead of National Player of the Year and lottery pick Trey Burke. While he may not be Rondo, the 22-year-old Pressey has the potential to serviceable point guard off the bench as he works to prove he belongs in the NBA. Keep your eyes peeled on tomorrow night’s clash with the Knicks and stay tuned to hardwoodhoudini.com for everything Celtics.

Tags: Avery Bradley Boston Celtics Brad Stevens Jordan Crawford Phil Pressey

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