Even when they found out Jermaine O’Neal would be out for six to eight weeks and Shaquille O’Neal would be out through the all-star break, the Celtics were ready to plug along with the players they had.
But after Marquis Daniels went down yesterday with a bruised spinal cord, leaving his status uncertain for the foreseeable future, Celtics coach Doc River said the team may not have any other choice but to consider a roster move.
“I think what we have to do really is wait and see with the Marquis situation, how long that will be,” Rivers said. “If that’s long then we have to do something. We have to get another ‘3’ let’s just be serious.”
As it stands the Celtics have no one to back up Paul Pierce at small forward. Even with Delonte West’s possible return before the all-star break, the Celtics are still thin. Tonight against Charlotte, they will have 10 healthy players, but two of them are rookies Luke Harangody and Avery Bradley, who have seen slim minutes this season. They will essentially play with eight players.
“Like I told our guys, nothing you can do about it,” Rivers said. “You’ve got to go out and play. Tonight, there will be a couple of guys playing spots, especially at the 3, someone’s going to play 3 that’s never played it before. That’s just where we’re at right now.”