The Celtics announced Thursday that they have recalled rookie guard J.R. Giddens and rookie forward Bill Walker from their NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash.
Giddens appeared in 13 games for the Flash averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 rebounds, 1.46 steals, a team-high 1.54 blocks all in a team-high 37.6 minutes per game. Giddens was ranked 20th in the NBDL in scoring, 13th in field goal percentage (53.5%) and seventh in blocks. The former New Mexico Lobo was the selected by the Celtics with the 30th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Walker appeared in 15 games for the Flash averaging a team-high 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.33 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. Walker was ranked 11th in the NBDL in scoring and sixth in field goal percentage (55.7%). The former Kansas State Wildcat was acquired in a draft night trade with the Washington Wizards in exchange for cash considerations.
Celtics guard Tony Allen is expected to be out at least the next two games with a right ankle sprain and did not take the team plane on the two-game road trip. Allen will miss his third straight game against Cleveland tomorrow night.
On the Celtics’ recent struggles, Cavaliers star LeBron James said: “It’s something I can’t worry about. I’m not a part of their franchise. I’m not a part of the Boston team. I don’t know how it is up there. I’m not in their locker room.”