WALTHAM –Theo Ratliff went through several shooting drills (some rigorous), today after practice with assistant coaches Tony Brown and Clifford Ray. Judging by how well he moved throughout the drills over 45 continuous minutes, Ratliff appears very close to returning to the lineup.
The veteran missed most of preseason with a sore lower back. Both Ratliff and coach Doc Rivers believe it would be reasonable to expect the center to be ready for game action against the Bobcats next Wednesday. Ratliff hopes to workout with some of the younger players on Sunday, then test his lower back banging around with the rest of his teammates.
‘‘I’ve been out [working] for the last four days, just trying to run, working on my stamina a little bit, getting back into the flow of being in basketball,’’ said Ratliff. ‘‘Every day I go a little bit harder, go a little bit further. I’m just trying to keep the process moving, so I can get back to 100 percent. I feel pretty good, but when I go home, I know I’m going to be a little sore. But overall, it was a good effort today.’’