West has wrist brace removed


West has wrist brace removed

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON -- Delonte West is one step closer to getting back on the court.

On Monday, he was cleared to work out without a brace on his broken right wrist. While he admits he's still a little timid to catch the ball, he has been able to shoot and dribble without the extra protection.

Im cleared to do as much as my wrist permits, he said prior to the Celtics-Pistons game on Wednesday.

West goes brace-free for most of the day and sleeps with it on to prevent his wrist from moving in an awkward position.

He will undergo a CT scan next Tuesday for further evaluation.

As for his return to the game, he would like to get in a few practices first, which he expects he will be able to do in the next two or three weeks.

Once he is medically cleared to go, he is leaving it up to the Celtics coaching staff. He hasnt played since late November and doesnt want to force his way back into the rotation.

Im scheduled for a CT Scan, but that what the doctor says still isnt on Doc Rivers schedule, he laughed. We have a good team here, guys are playing well, and just because Im cleared to play doesnt mean I will play.

For now, West will take his comeback one day at a time. Fortunately for him, each day has been looking up.

Said West, Im happy about the progress and each day is better than the last one.

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Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut


Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.