WALTHAM Leandro Barbosa was able to participate in the Boston Celtic's shootaround this morning and is probable for tonight's game against Minnesota.
Barbosa (illness) did not practice with the Celtics the last two days. His return adds more depth to a C's lineup that should be even stronger in the backcourt with Rajon Rondo returning to the lineup after a two-game suspension.
Barbosa is still under the weather and declined to speak this morning. He has appeared in 17 games this season (one start) for Boston, averaging 6.3 points and 1.5 assists in 14 minutes per game.
Also, Celtics rookie Kris Joseph is expected to suit up tonight for the C's as well with Fab Melo and Avery Bradley remaining on the inactive list.
Joseph, who has shuttled back and forth between Boston and the C's D-League affiliate (the Maine Red Claws), embraces every opportunity he gets to play whether it's in Boston or with the Red Claws.
"I'm just trying to keep getting better," he told CSNNE.com. "Going against Paul (Pierce) and Jeff (Green) in practices and taking what I learn to practice and games in Maine, is only going to make me a better player in the long run."