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Celtics fans, don’t expect to see Chris Wilcox anytime soon

Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass

Boston Celtics center Chris Wilcox, right, looks to pass as teammate Brandon Bass defends during an NBA basketball scrimmage in Boston, Friday Dec. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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The Celtics have had a problem this preseason — when Kevin Garnett sits, opposing centers are having a field day. It wasn’t pretty when he rested a game Monday night. Doc Rivers sings the praises of Dark Milicic and Jason Collins as if that is going to solve the problem when the games matter. Not sure I’d bet on that.

There is also Chris Wilcox on the roster, but the veteran big man is battling back spasms. And there is no timetable on his return, Doc Rivers told CSNNE.com.

Back spasms kept Wilcox out of Monday night’s game against the 76ers. In fact, they’ve kept him out of every C’s preseason game and practice dating back to before their trip to Europe….

“I don’t even know, honestly… The way I look at it, if Eddie [Lacerte, the C’s trainer] is talking to me about Wilcox, that means he’s close,” Doc Rivers said Monday. “The fact that he hasn’t mentioned Wilcox’s name over the last four days, means he’s not close.”


Well, that’s not good.

It’s far, far too early for serious concern in Boston. But the quality of backup play defensively in the paint and defense on pick-and-rolls have got to improve if Boston is going to get anywhere near its goals for this season.