For Practice, Nine Is Enough
WALTHAM - With Paul Pierce still nursing his sore elbow, Brian Scalabrine hurting with a hamstring injury and Michael Olowokandi done for the year, the Celtics practiced at The Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint with just nine players on Monday.
Rather than jump into practice himself or call on the usual suspect, Director of Player Development Mike Crotty, Doc Rivers kept practice brief and had the guys run through smaller drills, focusing on the fundamentals.
"We got a lot of stuff done. We worked on a lot of pick-and-roll stuff, we worked on the triple hand-offs, two-man game drills," Rivers said. "You don't need 10 guys to have a practice, as far as working on drills. You need 10 guys when you want to have five-on-five scrimmages."
As for Pierce, he didn't make a showing during media access after the practice, and Rivers said that he doesn't expect to see Pierce in uniform until the Miami game on Friday at the earliest.
"The doctors told me at least three games," said Rivers. "I'll just go by that."
The team will practice again Tuesday at 2 p.m. before departing on a 5 p.m. flight for Milwaukee.
Scal and Wally Check In
Wally Szczerbiak was dressed in practice attire but moving around on crutches Monday, and as he crossed the floor heading back to the trainers room after practice, he provided a quick update.
"For anyone who cares, I'm out of the cast on Wednesday," Szczerbiak said.
Meanwhile, Scalabrine emerged from the weight room with a sweat-soaked shirt mostly to joke with reporters, but did note that he's still sore and "day-to-day." While he was somewhat coy about when he expected to return to the lineup, he sounded like he thought it was possible that he may not play again this season. When asked when his newborn daughter would get to come to her first game, he said that she probably wouldn't make it to the Garden until she could see her daddy play.
He also shared that he was guilty of misspelling his daughter's name when he first told reporters. Her name is actually spelled "Elliana" with one "n" instead of two, as was previously reported.