By Jessica Camerato
BOSTON -- Two minutes and six seconds. That's all it took for Von Wafer to add his name to the long list of injured Celtics.
Wafer suffered a sore lower back during Thursday's game against the Hawks. He went to the trainer's room in the second quarter and did not return.
"When I came to the bench to start sitting down, it just got tight," he told CSNNE.com following the Celtics 102-90 win.
Doc Rivers said Wafer's back was bothering him before the game. "The last three games he's come in for treatment on his back."
Fortunately for the undermanned C's, Wafer does not expect to be kept out of action.
"I don't think it's that serious," he said. "I just think a day or two of treatment and rest and I'll be fine."
The Celtics need all the healthy bodies they can get. Even though Wafer is averaging less than six minutes per game this season, his playing time was expected to increase with the recent injury of Rajon Rondo.
Following Wafer's departure, the Celtics were down to just nine players against the Hawks.
"I tried to get it loose," he said. "But I've just got to come in and get treatment tomorrow and try to get it back right."
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WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”