Shaquille O'Neal wants to play on Sunday against Milwaukee, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers would rather have him get some practices under his belt, so Wednesday against the Clippers is the new target date for his return from an Achilles injury. Delonte West is also looking at returning from a sprained ankle on Wednesday. "Delonte is day to day," Rivers said. "I doubt if he plays this weekend. Shaq actually wants to play next on Sunday but I think he needs more practice time, so he’ll probably play next Wednesday." 

 

Thunder guard Nate Robinson had athroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the team announced Friday. Robinson, who has played one game for Oklahoma City after being traded from the Celtics last month with Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, experienced discomfort in his knee following Monday's practice.

 

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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show to talk about the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City and how he sees the new pieces fitting for his team. Ainge reiterated that there were a number of factors that led to the trade, including the financial ramifications of a new contract for Perkins, who would have been a free agent after this year, as well as the chance to add players who can help the Celtics win this year. Ainge also was concerned about Perkins' knees.

 

WALTHAM -- The Celtics received good news on Thursday when an MRI revealed that Glen Davis has only left knee patellar tendinitis and no major structural damage. The power forward, who has started at center many times this season in place of Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal, said he will need only a week to rest the injury before returning to action. 

 

Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed that assessment after practice on Thursday. 

 

The Celtics officially added Sasha Pavlovic to the roster, signing the free agent swingman. With Pavlovic on board the Celtics have the maximum 15 players on their roster. They still have room to maneuver with center Chris Johnson working on a 10-day contract. The 6-foot-8 Pavlovic has played in just 14 games this season, splitting his time between the Maveriks and Hornets. He offers insurance on the wing and playoff experience. He's likely to compete with Von Wafer for playing time behind Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green.

 

Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday, a day after a 115-103 Celtics win over the Suns. Rivers was asked if his players -- in particular the key veterans -- understand that this is now a better offensive team following last Thursday's trade that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.

 

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Glen Davis will have an MRI on his left knee after suffering what the team called a strained patella tendon. Davis said he knew something was wrong before he finished his dunk late in the fourth quarter of the Celtics 115-103 win over the Suns. Davis has been playing in pain for most of the season. "[It's] been bothering me all year," Davis said. "That’s why I don’t jump that high. That’s why I missed that dunk [against Miami]. I can’t jump. My knees hurt."

 

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Suns coach Alvin Gentry had words for one another in the final seconds of the C's 115-103 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night. Things escalated when Rajon Rondo then attempted a three-pointer with the C's holding a 10-point lead, which led to a technical foul from Jared Dudley. 

 

"Alvin Gentry was asking me for tickets for the first round of the playoffs," Garnett said after the game. "I told him I'll hook him up, so that's what that was."