Rajon Rondo is expected to be the only player who is in jeopardy of missing the Boston Celtics’ season opener according to Brad Stevens. Well, we’re finding out that this may be far from the case.
Despite Brad Stevens‘ assurance that Rajon Rondo is the lone Celtics player who won’t be available for Wednesday’s opener, both Gerald Wallace and Vitor Faverani reportedly missed Thursday’s practice for “preventative” measures.
Both Vitor Faverani and Gerald Wallace are fighting injuries. Brad Stevens has insisted that both players are healthy, but Wallace has already taken a cortisone shot and Faverani has a stiff back.
Those two injuries could be huge; more importantly, they could possibly take two key players out of the Celtics’ rotation.
The Celtics don’t have depth at the center position, so Faverani was going to be essential there. Wallace, who has become the early veteran presence for this team, is experiencing difficulty with his ankle. This is an injury that will really only get better with time. I wouldn’t be surprised if Wallace wasn’t out there once the season started next week.
He’s essential because of his leadership and presence in the locker room. With Rajon Rondo out indefinitely, the Celtics need that presence on the floor.
Hopefully there is some truth to what Brad Stevens is telling us and both players will be okay once the opening tip comes. If not, the Celtics could be in more trouble than we though.