The Celtics will have 10 players available for their game Wednesday against the Clippers and will probably have 10 for their game Friday in Philadelphia. As it stands, Glen Davis will try to practice Saturday and Celtics coach Doc Rivers expect that Davis and Delonte West will return first, followed by Shaquille O'Neal.

 

The number is nine. Or maybe eight.



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WALTHAM -- After sounding hopeful on Saturday that Delonte West would return Wednesday against the Clippers, Doc Rivers ruled that possiblity out following practice on Tuesday. West has missed the last four games with a sprained right ankle and was limited to working out on an exercise bicycle Tuesday while the team held an open practice. 

 

As a general rule, professional basketball players don’t get better with age. Most career arcs in the NBA go something like this: Rookies survive on talent (and hopefully) maturity. Good players take the extra step by expanding their shooting range or developing a go-to move.



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The NBA announced that Paul Pierce was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging almost 22 points and eight rebounds, while helping the Celtics go 4-0 during that stretch. Pierce had a double-double against Phoenix, 27 points against Golden State and 23 against the Bucks on Sunday night. He shot 59 percent during that stretch. This is the second player of the week nod for Pierce this season. Russell Westbrook is the Western Conference Player of the Week. 

 

This was not a game that will make the end of the year highlight DVD. There were too many turnovers — especially by Rajon Rondo — too many second-chance points and way too many wasted possessions.



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These are the games that good teams figure out how to win. On the road and with just nine players -- four of them who have been with the team for less than a week -- the Celtics found a way to get past the Bucks Sunday night, 89-83. It was their fifth win in a row and kept them three games ahead of Chicago for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

 

The Celtics officially announced the signing of free agent point guard Carlos Arroyo, who was recently waived by Miami to make room for Mike Bibby. With Arroyo on the roster, the Celtics now are at the maximum of 15 players on the roster and this likely completes the mid-season makeover. Nate Robinson, Kendrick Perkins, Marquis Daniels, Semih Erden and Luke Harangody are out and Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, Troy Murphy, Sasha Pavlovic and Arroyo are in.

 

WALTHAM -- The Celtics search for a back-up point guard has ended with Carlos Arroyo, according to the Boston Herald

 

WALTHAM -- Shaquille O'Neal will likely not be able to return to the Celtics lineup on Wednesday after all, coach Doc Rivers said following Saturday's practice. Rivers indicated he was hoping to have both O'Neal and Delonte West back by Wednesday to help them begin getting playing time to gear up for the playoffs. 

 

"Probably not going to be ready Wednesday because his foot is bothering him a little again," Rivers said. "Delonte, we're hoping Wednesday."