Jordan Mickey suffers left shoulder injury, back in Boston rehabbing

Jordan Mickey suffers left shoulder injury, back in Boston rehabbing

SALT LAKE CITY – The Boston Celtics will be a bit short-handed tonight in their 2016 summer league debut due to a left shoulder injury suffered by Jordan Mickey.

“You can probably figure out how; blocking somebody’s shot,” said Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry who is coaching Boston’s summer league team here in Salt Lake City.

Shrewsberry said Mickey was back in Boston getting treatments, but added that the 6-foot-9 forward/center could still heal in enough time to rejoin the team in Salt Lake City.

“We’ll be without him (tonight). It’s nothing serious,” Shrewsberry said. “Hopefully get him back healthy, get in him back out here soon.”

Shrewsberry added that the reason he returned to Boston is because here in Salt Lake City, the Celtics don’t have the kind of rehabilitation equipment that they do back home.

Mickey was hoping to spend this summer working to expand his game, which now includes a seldom-used 3-point shot. It is indeed a work in progress for the second-year big man, something he knew coming into the NBA he had to get better with in order to be successful.

“It’s just the way the game is going now,” Mickey said recently. “It’s something I accepted and something I knew I would have to work on coming in when i started my draft process. As you watch the game it’s going that way. Four-men are stretching the floor, putting the ball on the floor making decisions like they’re a point guard. It just shows that coach (Brad Stevens) has confidence in me to do those things.”

For now, Mickey will remain sidelined with the hope that he’ll be back sooner rather than later. All indications are that his time off the floor with the left shoulder injury, will be short. However, he did suffer a left shoulder injury as a sophomore at LSU.

 “It’s a big summer for him, but it’s not that big,” Shrewsberry said. “He’s a guy that’s under contract; he wants to play. He’s mad that he can’t be with us now.”

A. Sherrod Blakely can be followed on Twitter: @SherrodbCSN

Isaiah Thomas isn't ruling out return to Celtics

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Isaiah Thomas isn't ruling out return to Celtics

Isaiah Thomas back in green? Maybe there's a chance after all.

The former Celtics guard, now with the Lakers, started a Q&A session on Twitter and was asked whether he'd consider returning to Boston this offseason. This was his answer...

That's not a no.

Thomas has had a rough go of it since leaving the Celtics. His brief tenure in Cleveland didn't go according to plan, and things haven't gotten a whole lot better out in L.A. The 29-year-old is averaging 15.3 points per game just a year after averaging 28.9 with Boston.

Let the speculation begin.


Horford not making any excuses after C's rough outing vs Pelicans

Horford not making any excuses after C's rough outing vs Pelicans

Al Horford understands that there’s plenty of blame pie to go around following Boston’s 108-89 loss to New Orleans. 

Considering how Pelicans stud Anthony Davis dominated the game on so many levels Sunday night, Horford was quick to acknowledge his role in the loss. 

“He (Davis) was able to get behind our defense a lot,” Horford told reporters after the loss. “Some mistakes on my end; gotta give him credit. He dominated tonight. I’ll definitely take the blame for that.”

Davis finished with a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, a total that would have been higher if not for the game being so lopsided which allowed Davis to head to the bench early in the fourth. 

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And Horford’s struggles defensively were just as problematic on offense as the five-time All-Star tallied just six points on 3-for-11 shooting to go with four rebounds and three assists. 

Boston has been a team whose collective sums have fueled their success. 

But Horford understands he has to be a high impact performer, a job that’s even more vital when key starters like Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion) are out as well as top reserves Marcus Smart (right thumb) and Daniel Theis (torn meniscus). 

And by Horford’s own admission, he just didn’t bring it on Sunday at a level to give him and the Celtics a legit shot at winning the game.

“Defensively we had too many breakdowns,” Horford said. “And the game got away from us in the second half. So there’s no excuses. I didn’t give us a chance, either; missing a lot of looks offensively. I just need to be better.”

And he’ll have to be if Boston (47-23) is to get back on track with a win on Tuesday against a talented Oklahoma City squad led by Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. 

At full strength, the Thunder would be a significant challenge for the Celtics. 

But having a roster with a number of key players out with injuries, it becomes even more imperative for Boston’s top players to elevate their play. 

And as you scan this Celtics roster and examine those who are healthy enough to play, it’s clear that Horford more than any other Boston player, has to find a way to become more impactful.

Certainly, more points and rebounds would help. 

But as we’ve seen time and time again with Horford, often his greatest contributions to winning games don’t necessarily show up in the final box score. 

That being said, a six-point, four-rebound game doesn’t cut it. 

Horford has to be better, something he knows better than anyone. 

“I’ll definitely look at the film and see how I can be better individually,” Horford said. “The good thing about the NBA, is we have a chance to play on Tuesday. Hopefully we’ll learn from this game and be ready to go Tuesday at home.”