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Wilcox shines in C's second straight win

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Wilcox shines in C's second straight win

BOSTON Chris Wilcox's locker stall is in a faraway corner, a location that takes longer to get to than any other.

It's a fitting spot for a player who for years has never quite seemed to be an easy one to reach.

But here in Boston, the veteran big man seems to not only have found a place where he's comfortable, but a fit that includes him in a prominent role.

Wilcox turned in yet another gem of a performance for the Celtics in their 102-96 win over Milwaukee.

For the second straight game, Wilcox tallied double-digit rebounds; this time snatching a game-high 13 for the Celtics.

Just to put his rebounding success of late into perspective, having back-to-back games of double-digit rebounds comes after he had not grabbed more than seven in any previous game with the Celtics.

"On this team we have a lot of scorer; everybody can score," said Wilcox, now the first big man off the bench with Brandon Bass starting in place of an injured Jermaine O'Neal (wrist). "What we lack is on the rebounding end, so that's where I try to pick my game up at."

But there are times when Wilcox needs a friendly reminder as to what he has to provide for the Celtics to be successful.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he got on Wilcox at halftime in Wednesday's win over the Bucks for not providing enough energy.

"That's who he is, and that's who he has to be for us," Rivers said. "His skill is energy for us."

Like most of the Celtics, the biggest issue with Wilcox is consistency.

"I told him last night, 'you've got to keep doing it every night. You can't do it one night and not the next. You know, you get my hopes up,'" Rivers said. "And so it was good to see him respond."

Wilcox, a former lottery pick who won a national championship at the Maryland, said his role with the Celtics is different than what it has been elsewhere.

"You got to adapt, every situation is going to be different," Wilcox said. "You got to adjust and do whatever you can to help win games."

Rivers said he doesn't believe Wilcox figuring out what he has to do and what his role is, is an issue.

"His role is pretty much defined," Rivers said. "His role is energy, rebounding, running the floor, setting picks, rolling, finishing. I mean, that's a simple role. But it's a hard role to do everyday, because it takes energy to do it."

Rask out tonight as he recovers from practice collision

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Rask out tonight as he recovers from practice collision

BRIGHTON, Mass – The string of injuries for the Bruins continues as Tuukka Rask (upper body) is out for tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden after getting trucked by Anders Bjork in practice Wednesday.

Rask was wobbly-legged while being helped off the ice after the violent collision and the 21-year-old Bjork looked like he’d also needed a couple of stitches on his chin after bloodying his practice jersey.

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The big concern is Rask still being evaluated by Bruins medical personnel for a possible concussion. It will be Anton Khudobin stepping in place for him against the Canucks with Providence Bruins netminder Zane McIntyre serving as his backup.

“Tuukka is out tonight. He’s going to get reevaluated today and we’ll have a better idea tomorrow,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Anton will start [against the Canucks].”

Clearly, Khudobin didn’t like seeing his goaltending partner get drilled in a spirited practice, but the 32-year-old is clearly feeling confident after a strong camp and a winning season debut last week against the Arizona Coyotes.

“You don’t want to see that, but at the same time we’ve got to keep moving forward and hopefully he’s going to get better soon,” said Khudobin, who stopped 29-of-31 shots in the win over Arizona last weekend. “I feel good. Camp was good and everything is fine, and I’ve started better than last year. My role is just day-to-day. Today is a game day and hopefully, you get a good result, and then tomorrow is another new day.”

Otherwise, it looks like the Bruins will at least be getting some of their healthy bodies back with David Backes in the lineup and Patrice Bergeron a game-time decision against the Canucks. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings based on Wednesday’s practice:

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork
DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak
Schaller-Kuraly-Backes
Beleskey-Nash-Agostino
 
Chara-McAvoy
Miller-Carlo
Krug-McQuaid

Khudobin 

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