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Dooling shooting to return Friday

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  January 18, 2012 12:24 PM

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Celtics guard Keyon Dooling did not participate in the team's shootaround leading up to tonight's game against the Toronto Raptors. He did take the court, however, to take jump shots and work on some defensive drills, his first on-court action since injuring his right knee.

Dooling said the injury is to his medial collateral ligament but said he doesn't know more specifics. Tonight will mark the fourth game he's missed with the injury. He wants to return Friday against the Phoenix Suns.

"It's frustrating because I want it bad, to be able to help the team," he said. "(Friday) is my target game, but I don't know. Hopefully I'll continue to progress. As soon as I'm able to play, I'll play. If I'm able to move and slide my feet, I'll play."

Dooling said he is able to run forward with no issues but lateral movement is more difficult.

"A big part of my game is lateral quickness as far as defense," he said. "If I can do that halfway decent, I should be ready to go."

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