Wally Szczerbiak will miss Wednesday night’s game against Memphis because of his sprained left ankle. And Kendrick Perkins is likely to join Szczerbiak on the bench to rest his sore left foot. That’s the injury update from Doc Rivers, who put the Celtics through a longer-than-planned workout following their dreadful performance on Monday in Chicago.
“I expected to practice,” Rivers said. “I didn’t think we’d go this long. It was going to be a lot shorter. It could end up hurting us, I don’t know. But this is a group of guys who still need to learn how to play basketball.”
Szczerbiak missed the 100-82 defeat to Chicago after spraining his ankle on the final play of Friday night’s game in Toronto. He was at practice yesterday, though he didn’t do much, Rivers said. The coach said he expected Szczerbiak to be available for Friday night’s game against the Suns. Perkins has not missed a game this season, but that could come to an end against the Grizzlies. He sat out practice yesterday and rest is generally the cure for his particular malady, plantar fasciitis. Michael Olowokandi and Theo Ratliff, who between them have logged 121 minutes this season, will also miss the Memphis game.
Rivers hinted at lineup changes, although he said injuries will dictate some of his decisions. But at the end of practice, Delonte West was playing with the first until while Sebastian Telfair, who has started all 16 games, was with the second unit.