Chris Gasper reports from Celtics camp:
As the Celtics’ march toward infamy continues, Doc Rivers said he expected both Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak to be available for tomorrow night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the TD Banknorth Garden, where Boston will try to snap its franchise-record 18-game losing streak.
Szczerbiak, who sprained his right ankle contesting a 3-pointer in a loss to the Miami Heat last Wednesday, pronounced himself fit to go after practice.
“I’m a lot better than I was,” said Szczerbiak. “I took the proper time. I’ve been able to run around and stay in shape. Plus, I’ve only missed really three days where I had to rest and get the swelling out of it. It wasn’t like I was out three weeks like last time. I felt good in practice moving around and luckily I didn’t lose too much.”
Pierce, who missed 24 games with a stress reaction in his left foot and an elbow infection, strained a hip muscle in his second game back in a Celtics uniform, a 109-107 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. The Celtics captain rode a stationary bike after practice and said he felt ok to go against the Bucks, who are expected to be without the services of leading scorer Michael Redd. Redd told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he would not be returning from his knee injury until after the All-Star break.
“Obviously, there was a scare in the game the other night, but it looks like he is going to be fine,” Rivers said. “He didn’t go the whole practice. He went in and out, but he did a lot of good things in practice.
“Each day you can tell he’s getting back. He’s still not where he’s [usually] at. I thought at the end of the game the other night he probably gave it up more than he usually would have. You could see the timing is still not there. That was as close to the old Paul as we’re going to get until he’s 100 percent.”
Green leading way
Quote of the day goes to Celtics slam dunk contest representative Gerald Green. The second-year swingman was asked if he had anybody with the team helping him screen his dunks. His reply was priceless.
“A lot of people are, but I’m the GM right now. I make all the decisions on my dunks. I’m the Danny Ainge of my dunks right now.”