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Scal in uniform for kicks?

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  April 8, 2009 01:03 PM

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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said today he might put injured forward Brian Scalabrine in uniform for tonight's game against New Jersey just so he can fill the open active roster spot, but Scalabrine would not play and it's still uncertain when he will return. Scalabrine has suffered three concussions this season and hasn't played since Feb. 23 at Denver.

"He is able to work out with us," said Rivers about Scalabrine at today's shootaround. "Nothing live. Just skeleton offense. Other than that, that's it. But I may put him in a uniform today just to have 12 guys and because I'm tired of seeing his attire. It's safer to put him uniform."

While Rivers doubted it would happen, he said he had hope that Scalabrine, All-Star forward Kevin Garnett (knee) and forward-center Leon Powe will be back playing before the regular season ends a week from today against Washington. Garnett and Powe engaged in running drills during the shootaround, and Garnett also took part in 5-on-0 non-contact offense drills. Garnett could return to action next Tuesday at Philadelphia.

"Nothing new," said Rivers on Garnett. "Hopefully, next week. We'll see."

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