|Posted by B-PAUL on January 5, 2010 at 7:55 PM|
Is anyone ready to play a game? If you are this is what you need to do. First you need to close your eyes, after you do that think very hard and try to guess what member of the Boston Celtics will miss a game next. Okay, well maybe that wasn't a very fun game but you get the point.
Yesterday I did a post on here asking if there was a thing known as good news with the Boston Celtics. At that time I really didn't think there was such a thing. Thankfully I was wrong, well fifty percent wrong. Today news was flying out of the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, MA.
We first learned from the man I now refer to as Mr. Reliable, Chris Forsberg, that both Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo returned to the court today. Both players practiced with the first unit and will travel with the team. There is no official word that both players will suit up, you can only hope and assume. Pierce, however, is more likely suit up according to Doc Rivers.
Via Chris Forsberg (ESPN):
"Paul looked good, Rondo you couldn't tell because he didn't do much. So we'll see [Wednesday]. I think he's going to go, but I wouldn't write that down in pen, for sure. Paul probably will [play Wednesday], that's what it looks like. So that would help us a lot. Just getting one of those guys back, I'd be happy. Both would be absolutely fantastic."
A good day right? Having Pierce and Rondo back all must be jolly right? Wrong. The second bit of news came out shortly after when we learned that both Kendrick Perkins and Eddie House missed today's practice with some sort of sickness.
Earlier in the day it was assumed that Eddie House would not travel with the team, but sources still believed Perkins would make the trip to Miami. Mr. Reliable confirmed that report later tonight by reporting that Kendrick Perkins did get off the plane in Miami, but the team was without Eddie House.
With the league's stance on players playing with sickness it is unknown whether or not Perkins will suit up tomorrow. Frank Dell'Apa, Boston Globe beat writer, reported that the Celtics practiced with a first unit of Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Scalabrine, and Sheed. If Perk shows any signs of sickness tomorrow I expect Scal to get the start as the Celtics look to win back to back games.