Rookie center Fab Melo is here at TD Garden after being called up by the Celtics from the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, but he won’t be in uniform. He’s here to watch the game and get treatment for a concussion he recently suffered walking into a door frame.
The 7-foot Melo said he got hurt on his team’s trip to Sioux Falls, S.D., last week. Melo had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots in Friday’s game and 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks the next night.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday that Melo has some clumsy tendencies.
“What did you have, ‘Manny being Manny’?” said Rivers. “In five years, when Fab’s playing terrific for us here, we’re going to have some ‘Fab being Fab’ moments. It just took kind of a head start.”
In other injury news, center Chris Wilcox is out indefinitely with a right thumb injury. Wilcox said he was hurt when he fell in a game vs. Chicago Dec. 18 but didn’t realize how bad the injury was until he tried to palm the ball a few days later.
“I tried to catch myself,” said Wilcox. “I thought I just jammed it. I just taped it up. …When I came here, it was killing me.”
A doctor told Wilcox he needs to take some time off to let the injury heal. Wilcox said he won’t need surgery, and for now he’s wearing a plastic brace on his thumb that prevents him from doing any kind of rehab. Wilcox said he will be reevaluated next Tuesday.
“It’s been tough for me,” said Wilcox. “But this is minor compared to what’s happened to me in the past. Anything other than that is nothing.”