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Delonte West Has Successful Wrist Surgery

The Celtics announced today that guard Delonte West underwent successful surgery to repair a displaced right wrist fracture this morning at the New England Baptist Hospital.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Drew Terrono and Dr. Hervey Kimball and assisted by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon.  

No timetable has been set for his return.

Via Press Release

Shaq Misses Practice, Won't Be Punished

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal missed the team's practice session on Monday due to what coach Doc Rivers suggested was confusion about the reporting time.

Rivers said O'Neal would not be disciplined for the mix-up, but the coach didn't sound pleased about the center's absence on a day the team practiced with 11 players.

"He got the times mixed up," said Rivers. "He missed one, so he owes us one. We're good."

O'Neal joined the team in time for its afternoon flight to Cleveland.

"Yeah [it's frustrating], but you get over it," Rivers said. "Listen, if the guy had a history of something, then you'd deal with it differently. But when the guy doesn't have a history of something -- it happens. It's life, you move on.

"It's not a big deal."

Via ESPN

Erden Will Eventually Need Surgery

Semih Erden has had to contribute to the Celtics due to injury and he is nursing one of his own.

Erden injured his shoulder over the summer and coach Doc Rivers has said that the young player will eventually require surgery.

"There's going to be a point when Semih can't play," Rivers said. "I don't know that, but I believe that. I just think that with the shoulders, there's a point where it's going to come out and then he's not going to be able to play."

Boston is still waiting for Kendrick Perkins to return from a knee injury and both Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal have missed time with injury.

Via Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

West Needs Surgery On Broken Wrist

Celtics coach Doc Rivers says that guard Delonte West will require surgery on his broken right wrist.

"He did tests today, CAT scan and two or three other tests. I haven't heard any of the results," Rivers said Friday night. "He's out for a while. He's gonna need surgery, but other than that I don't know what else to tell you."

West broke the wrist attempting to brace himself during an awkward fall on Wednesday against the Nets.

Boston doesn't yet know when West will undergo surgery.

Via ESPN

Celtics Have No Plans To Replace West

Celtics guard Delonte West broke his right wrist in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

Despite the loss, team president Danny Ainge says that he won't make a roster move to replace West.

"We like our guys," Ainge told The Boston Globe. "Avery (Bradley) is starting to get going. Avery and Von (Wafer) are going to have to step up and play."

Boston has two players on their roster with non-guaranteed contracts -- West and Wafer.

"In order to (make a move) we'd have to let someone go and we like our guys," Ainge said. "Whether Avery's ready or not, he needs to be ready. He hasn't been healthy, so at some point he's gotta be thrown into the fire, right?"

Via Boston Globe

Delonte West Breaks Right Wrist

Delonte West broke his right wrist during the second quarter of Wednesday's game against the Nets.

West could miss three months and Doc Rivers told the media the Celtics will search for a backup point guard.

Rajon Rondo, Boston's starting point guard, has missed the past three games because of a sore left hamstring.

“It’s going to be a long time, let’s put it that way,’’ Rivers said of West. “I thought we had that one stretch that like took the life out of our team . . . I think we missed five point-blank layups following Delonte’s injury. I mean you could see the life go out of everybody.’’

Via Boston Globe

Shaq Picked Celtics Over Hawks For Better Title Shot

Shaquille O'Neal said on Monday night that he decided to sign with the Celtics instead of the Hawks because he felt Boston gave him a better shot at another NBA title.

"These guys are one step away," O'Neal said before the Celtics played the Hawks Monday night in Atlanta. "But I love this town. I've had a home in Buckhead for 15 years."

Hawks coach Larry Drew says the Celtics were better fit to add a veteran like O'Neal.

"They have a blend of veteran players with the core of their team, and it's a lot easier to fit in a vet like Shaq," Drew said.

"If we brought him in here, it would be a little tougher. I don't think his personality would have fit with our guys. It makes more sense to have veteran guys around him."

Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Celtics To Be Subject Of ESPN Series

The Celtics will be the subject of a five-part ESPN series entitled "The Association" that will air next month.

A news release from NBA Entertainment says: "While much of the preseason hype focused on the defending champion Lakers and the new look Miami Heat, viewers will see how the Celtics are working to prove that they never should be overlooked."

The series will chronicle the team's season-long journey while also providing some insight into the history of the storied franchise.

The episodes will air Dec. 3, Jan. 21, Feb. 25, March 16 and April 15.

Via ESPN

Rondo Day-To-Day With Hamstring

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo underwent treatment for what the team termed a strained left hamstring Saturday afternoon.

Rondo planned to travel to face Toronto on Sunday and Atlanta on Monday.

He is listed as day-to-day and will be a game-time decision against the Raptors.

Rondo tweaked the hamstring in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss to the Thunder.

Via ESPN

Jermaine O'Neal Could Miss 2-3 Weeks

Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal could miss another 2-3 weeks because of a left knee injury, according to coach Doc Rivers.

O'Neal hasn't played since Nov. 8, when he logged nearly 11 minutes in the Celtics' 89-87 loss at Dallas.

"He's still going through a couple more evaluations," Rivers said of O'Neal.

The coach said he had not heard the word "surgery" mentioned in conversations about O'Neal's situation.

Via ESPN

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Tony Allen signed with Memphis after six years in Boston.

Haslem Questions Pierce's Toughness

Udonis Haslem referred to Paul Pierce as a "studio gangster."

Jermaine O'Neal Returns To Boston With Knee Injury

Jermaine O'Neal is dealing with left knee soreness.

Pierce Mocks LeBron With Postgame Tweet

Following Boston's road win at Miami on Thursday, Paul Pierce took a shot at a famous quote from LeBron James.

Noah Calls Garnett 'Mean' And 'Ugly'

Joakim Noah grew up idolizing Kevin Garnett, but now often feuds with the future Hall of Famer.

Shaq May Return To Face Miami

Shaquille O'Neal is dealing with a bruised right knee.

Celtics Begging Rondo To Take Open Shots

The Celtics want Rajon Rondo to confidently attempt the open jumpers that opposing defenses give him.

Jermaine O'Neal Hurts Left Knee

Jermaine O'Neal sat out the second half of Boston's loss to Dallas on Monday night.

Shaq Travels With Celtics, Won't Play

Shaquille O'Neal may play later in Boston's road trip.

Garnett Dismisses Villanueva As A 'Nobody'

Kevin Garnett is done talking about Charlie Villanueva.

Ainge Calls Villanueva Tweets 'Ludicrous'

Danny Ainge has come to Kevin Garnett's defense.

Rivers: What KG Released Is What He Said To Villanueva

Doc Rivers heard the exchange between Kevin Garnett and Charlie Villanueva on Tuesday night.

Shaq Could Miss Two Weeks

Doc Rivers said on Wednesday that Shaquille O'Neal may not play on Boston's upcoming road trip.

Tweet: KG Called Villanueva 'Cancer Patient'

Kevin Garnett says he was calling Charlie Villanueva a cancer to his team.

Celtics May Have Jermaine, Not Shaq Against Pistons

Jermaine O'Neal will likely start in place of Shaq on Tuesday night.

Rondo, Gasol Named Players Of The Week

The Boston Celtics? Rajon Rondo and the Los Angeles Lakers? Pau Gasol were named the NBA's players of the week.

Shaq Brings Halloween Fun To Celtics

Shaquille O'Neal has brought some fun to the aging Celtics.
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