After Bumping Knee, Jefferson May Sit vs. Bucks
WALTHAM - Already down to nine bodies coming into Tuesday's practice, the Celtics may be looking at eight.
Al Jefferson banged his left knee with Ryan Gomes half way through practice, aggravating a minor injury he first suffered in a collision with Gerald Wallace during the Celtics' March 21 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
"[We] were just going at it hard, like always," Jefferson said. "We just banged knees. I was just complaining to Ed [Lacerte] how sore it was and he was giving me treatment on it, and [then] I banged it."
Jefferson's knee was sore and wrapped in ice and he said "I seriously doubt it" when asked if he could play Wednesday night against the Bucks. Jefferson expects to travel with the team today and at least try to give it a go tomorrow, but won't force the issue if it doesn't feel right.
Jefferson is also cognizant of the fact that he may be better off sitting out rather than trying to come back for the final few weeks of the season.
"You've got to think about things like that, but also I want to play," Jefferson said. "I want to get better, take advantage of these games and get better as a team, but I don't want to go out there hurt and risk further injury."
Meanwhile, Coach Doc Rivers said that the team will likely pursue at least one 10-day contract with a big man to fill the void. He didn't share any names, but given Jefferson's status, a signing would likely come before tomorrow's game in Milwaukee.
"I'd already asked them to see if we could bring a guy in so we could have 10 guys," Rivers said. "Now we would have to bring two in (to get to 10) and I think the league would allow us to do that with all of the injuries we have. I don't think we'll have to do that, but we'll still have to bring one guy in and I think we will."