The Celtics are again dealing with injuries after guard Delonte West fell and landed on his right wrist after completing a layup with 2:48 left the second quarter of the Celtics' game against New Jersey. X-rays revealed a broken wrist and he is out indefinitely.
"Itís broken for sure," coach Doc Rivers said. "Donít know anything else more than that; a compound fracture most likely. But thatís going to be a long time, letís just put it that way."
West appeared to be fouled by Travis Outlaw and was knocked off balance after soaring to the basket. He stayed on the floor for several moments and was led to the locker room by head trainer Ed Lacerte and team doctor Brian McKeon.
West was not available for comment after the game but it is believed that he could be ready for the playoffs. The break is in his non-shooting hand.
" Iknow he was hurt because I know Delonte just from being around him and the kind of person he is," Paul Pierce said. "Heís sort of a guy that if heís injured, you are going to know when heís injured because heís going to get right back up usually mostÖ99% of the time, so when he laid there and I saw the look on his face I knew it was bad."
The club is expected to know more specifics about the length of time West will miss next week. It is uncertain whether he will require surgery.