LOS ANGELES — The Celtics have dealt with their fair share of major health issues this season, including losing valuable forward Jeff Green to an aortic aneurysm for the season.
Major issues have struck again as backup forward Chris Wilcox will be out indefinitely after a routine monthly heart exam discovered a potential abnormality that will require more testing. A day after the team made that announcement, Celtics coach Doc Rivers did not sound optimistic about the possibilities of Wilcox returning soon.
“It’s not much I can say, they have a bunch of tests to run,” he said before the Celtics faced the Lakers. “Obviously team-wise, it’s a hell of a blow for us. It’s not a great place. It’s scary, it really is. You think about it, the chances of having one of these is pretty minute, the chances of having two (players with heart issues) is like impossible and there’s a chance that may happen, so we just have to wait and see.
“I always try to look at the human part of it, the fact that if something is wrong, I’d rather find it than not. So we’re lucky, that’s what I told our team, that’s we’re very lucky that this happened. Not unlucky. And that’s the way I think you have to look at it.”
Rivers said Wilcox takes a monthly heart exam and this most recent one detected a potential problem. He did not travel with the team to Los Angeles and Rivers said he is unsure where Wilcox will take his remaining tests.
“I don’t think we’ll know for a while,” Rivers said. “At least for another week. With Chris’s situation, the tough part about it is we don’t know if he’s going to comeback or not and the (trade) deadline is coming up. The quicker we find that out, that helps us.”
Wilcox is averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 28 games for the Celtics, four starts.