WALTHAM -- The Celtics were reduced to 10 healthy players in practice on Wednesday, one day before their rematch with the Lakers Thursday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce was home sick while Shaquille O'Neal and Semih Erden continue to nurse nagging injuries. O'Neal has a sore right Achilles tendon while Erden is out with a right adductor strain.
On the bright side, Delonte West participated in his first full contact practice since his broken right wrist, suffered on Nov. 24 against New Jersey.
"We had 10," Rivers said following Wednesday's practice. "Paul's is sick so he stayed at home. Semih is out, Shaq is out. Delonte practiced today but he won't play [Thursday] or probably won't play until after the break."
Rivers said he does expect Pierce to play Thursday but not O'Neal or Erden. "I expect him to play," Rivers said of Pierce. "He's just not feeling good. We'll see [Thursday]. I don't expect Shaq, I don't expect Semih. I don't think [O'Neal] can go yet so we're just going to wait until he gets healthy."
Rivers said West was allowed to return but cautioned his players to try and use good judgment so that West's right wrist wouldn't be hit.
"We told [players] no reaching which is impossible with some of our guys but other than that, we got through it," Rivers said. For more, including video, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog.
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