Doc Rivers said that Jeff Green is being considered ready to go after injuring his right knee in Wednesday’s game. He returned to the game against the Nets, but was then held out of Thursday’s practice. He did participate in this morning’s shootaround. Green said he ran into a screen and the knee buckled. It got sore immediately, but has improved since.
“He looked good,” Rivers said. “Honestly he moved around really well in shootaround this morning, so we’re viewing him as 100 percent.”
Chris Wilcox, meanwhile, could play tonight after recovering from an illness, but Rivers would prefer it if he didn’t have to play much or at all. Wilcox, with an open Fours menu in his lap before the game, said, “I just wasn’t feeling too good. I was a little sick, but I’ll be all right. Just trying to be cautious.” Wilcox was not at shootaround.
With Rajon Rondo serving the first game of his two-game suspension for his actions in the fight against the Nets, Courtney Lee will start against the Trailblazers. Rivers said that the team will use a point guard-by-committee system.
“Everyone’s going to be the point guard,” Rivers said. “I told our guys, the entire team has to be ready for ball handling duties. It left us in a pretty tough spot. But we should be able to play through this and win games still.”
Asked if the team has the possibility of rallying around the loss of Rondo, Rivers said he hoped that would be the case.
“They have to prove they can play,” Rivers said. “We can function. We did in Brooklyn when Rondo didn’t play, and we played pretty well, had a chance to win that game against a tough team and atmosphere. So we’ve done it.
“But you have to be prepared for injuries or suspensions or whatever. In the 82-game schedule, you’re not going to be perfect every night with the exact lineup that you want, the exact guys. This is one of those situations.”