By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
Heading towards the All-Star break, the Celtics are getting healthier and could even be back to 100% by the end of the month, according to general manager Danny Ainge.
While the injury bug has arguably been the headline of the Celtics season, Ainge downplayed the issue, remarking the Celtics haven’t had to deal with anything major.
“I mean ideally, everybody’s healthy and you play as much as you can, and you give them a day here and there, but you just focus on trying to develop some chemistry,” Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Thursday morning. “But we just had a year where there’s been one guy hurt [at all times]. Thank goodness we haven’t had any real, serious injuries. We’ve had the mysterious type of injury … with Robert Williams, but other than that one, most of them have been fairly minor injuries. But I’d like to see the team play together more.”
Ainge told the show he expects Williams to return around March 1. While Boston has had a string of players missing a week or two at a time over the last few months, Williams hasn’t seen the floor since Dec. 6. He’s been dealing with a bone edema in his left hip. Before getting hurt, Williams was averaging 3.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game for the Celtics off the bench.
The only other pressing injury issue at the moment for the Celtics is how to handle Jaylen Brown’s ankles. Brown has been dealing with minor injuries to both ankles over the last few weeks. With Thursday night’s game against the Clippers being the team’s final one until the All-Star break, Ainge said the team is weighing whether or not to play Brown tonight, or give him the night off.
After Thursday night’s game, the Celtics will be off for a week for the NBA’s All-Star break. Plenty of time to get healthy before they begin a four-game west coast road trip on Feb. 21.
You can listen to Toucher & Rich’s full conversation with Danny Ainge here:
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