Delonte West started at shooting guard, replacing Wally Szczerbiak (sprained left ankle) in Monday night’s game against the Bulls. Based on what he saw when he looked at Szcerbiak’s still swollen left ankle, Doc Rivers does not expect Szczerbiak back until Friday for the Celtics’ home game against the Phoenix Suns. Szczerbiak will be reevaluated by the team medical staff tomorrow in Boston.
In other injury news, Rivers believes it’s still likely Kendrick Perkins (left foot plantar fasciitis) will need to rest for a few games to cure his injury. While Perkins would like to continue playing, the final decision will not be left up to the young big man.
“Perk’s is a concern because that’s more than a nagging injury,” said Rivers. “Right now, it’s a nagging injury, but it usually turns into something worse. I’ve never had it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a player whose had it. I just don’t know how to handle this one. At some point, if it doesn’t improve at all I’m pretty sure we’re going to go down that road of just making a decision [to rest him]. He would have no choice. I hope that doesn’t happen. But if I was taking bets, I would say it probably will.”
Chicago coach Scott Skiles admitted he was glad Szczerbiak did not play.
“Well he’s bothered us some, posting up our smaller guards,” said Skiles. “So, they won’t have that to go to. But Delonte West is a good player. I’ve seen it too many times, key players go down and other players play better. I’d rather not have [Szczerbiak] out there.”