After suffering a broken right wrist when he fell hard to the ground with 2:48 left in the second quarter Wednesday night, Delonte West is expected to miss the rest of the regular season, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers. 

 

“It’s broken for sure," Rivers said following Boston's 89-83 win over New Jersey. "Don’t know anything else more than that, a compound fracture most likely. But that’s going to be a long time, let’s just put it that way.”

 

Despite falling behind by as many as 10 points in the third quarter and losing Delonte West to a broken right wrist late in the second quarter, the Celtics got a season-high 25 points from Shaquille O'Neal to beat the New Jersey Nets, 89-83, at TD Garden Wednesday night.

 

The Celtics guard depth - already down with the left hamstring injury to Rajon Rondo - took a major hit Wednesday night when Delonte West broke his right wrist when he fell to the ground under the Celtics basket after making a spectacular lay-up with 2:48 left in the second quarter. He was on the court for about two minutes as trainer Ed Lacerte tended to him. 

 

He got up holding his wrist in place and wincing in pain. He went immediately to the Celtics locker room with Lacerte where Dr. Brian McKeon administered the exam.

 

The Celtics are taking every precaution with the left hamstring of Rajon Rondo and have ruled him out of tonight's game against New Jersey at TD Garden. He likely will miss Friday's contest against Toronto as well, coach Doc Rivers said before Wednesday's game. 

 

“I don’t think it’s a bad hamstring, but you just have to be careful with it,” said Rivers, who added Rondo is "iffy" against the Raptors on Friday night.

 

The word ‘bored’ has been tossed around a little bit with the Celtics over the last few days and besides ‘injured,’ that’s the one word that no one really wants to hear with this team.



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The Celtics wasted no time putting the events of the last few days behind them as they jumped on the Hawks early and often in a 99-76 blowout win in Atlanta. Nate Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett all had double-doubles and all 12 Celtic players scored, including rookie Avery Bradley who made his NBA debut.

 

Robinson filled in for Rajon Rondo, who missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring, and scored 16 points to go with 10 assists. Garnett added 17 points and 11 rebounds and held Josh Smith without a field goal over 22 minutes.

The Celtics are going to be cautious with Rajon Rondo's strained left hamstring and that means that he will sit out Monday night's game in Atlanta. It's the second straight game that Rondo has sat since injuring his hamstring against Oklahoma City Friday night and Doc Rivers told reporters in Atlanta that Rondo could miss Wednesday's game against New Jersey, as well.

 

Nate Robinson started in Rondo's place Sunday and scored 22 points against the Raptors. There's a chance that rookie Avery Bradley could make his NBA debut while Rondo is on the inactive list.

For the second straight game the Celtics played as if the first half was a mere formality and for the second straight game they got burned.



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Playing without Rajon Rondo, who was shut down before the game with a strained hamstring, the Celtics couldn't hold a late lead in a 102-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors Sunday night. The Celtics, who played inconsistently for most of the afternoon, actually rallied to take the lead but Ray Allen lost control of the ball with 18 seconds left and Amir Johnson made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left. Paul Pierce missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have won it.

 

Doc Rivers called it earlier this week. Yes, the Celtics were winning games, and they were playing well, but they had not yet established that defensive identity that has been their trademark the last few years.



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