Friday, February 28, 2014

(Video) Celtics Practice: Injuries Adding up, Gerald Wallace out for the year

This season has been one of pain for Celtics fans. Players are dropping like flies now. Avery Bradley is still out, Sullinger as well, plus rookie Kelly Olynyk. Now it looks like Celtics small forward, Gerald Wallace will undergo season-ending surgery.

ESPN Boston
The 31-year-old Wallace was set to meet with team doctors Friday to determine how he'll proceed. Celtics coach Brad Stevens also revealed that Wallace is battling bone spurs in his ankles, which were already set for postseason surgery, but the meniscus tear could accelerate the visit to the operating table.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said no firm decision has been made about when Wallace will undergo surgery, and the veteran had pondered playing through the pain, but Ainge believes Wallace will ultimately elect for what he is believed to be the first surgery of his career.

"[Wallace] had some knee soreness [so Thursday he] went to the doctor and had MRI. It shows he has a torn meniscus," Stevens said before the team's practice Friday at HealthPoint. "He’s sitting there and he had no idea. I feel bad for him. I told you many times: Gerald's a warrior, he plays through anything and everything. Literally, anything and everything is what we’re learning. The next step for him will be determined in the next couple of days, but obviously we want to prioritize his health."

The list of injuries:

Sullinger questionable vs. Pacers: Jared Sullinger, who has missed the last three games with a mild concussion, planned to return to practice Friday and that will be the final hurdle in whether he's ready to return to game action on Saturday against the Indiana Pacers.

* Olynyk doubtful Saturday; more likely next week: Kelly Olynyk is nursing a sore left big toe that was injured (and further aggravated) on the team's west-coast trip. After spending much of the week in a walking boot, he's doubtful against the Pacers, but Boston has three days off before hosting Golden State next Wednesday.

Bradley reevaluated next week: Avery Bradley's sprained right ankle will be reevaluated late next week.

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