|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM|
Maybe the Celtics most important player (Wallace) right now when it comes to leadership (Only when Rondo is out of course), received a cortisone shot after Wednesday's game as part of a
precautionary plan to eliminate lingering pain in his left ankle.Wallace has been the best player so far this season. Which many didn't believe he would be, and that's including me.
"Just precautionary," said Wallace. "I got a cortisone shot in my ankle last night, so they’re just trying to get it to work as best as they could, so I gotta wear the boot to keep it from being aggravated. It’s something I’ve had all summer long. This is just something to help contain the pain. We’ve got about six days before our opening game, so this is a chance to get a little rest, let it calm down a little bit, and hopefully go into the regular season with no pain."
Stevens said he had previously planned to sit Wallace out of practice both Thursday and Friday -- and the Celtics are scheduled to take Saturday and Sunday off -- allowing the veteran four full days to mend all his bumps and bruises. Stevens hopes to have the entire team available when the Celtics reconvene on Monday.
"[Wallace] was going to be off today and tomorrow regardless going into last night," said Stevens. "It’s one of the reasons that he played extended minutes, too, because it gives him a chance to get his conditioning because he’s not going to get it -- at least in an up-and-down the court way -- in the next few days."
Added Stevens: "It’s all very preventative. I don’t know what he said about it, but that’s at least what I am under the impression of. It’s not one of those deals where you’d have to rest him on the third day. I haven’t heard any of that yet. We’re just being preventative with him. He’s played a lot of games in his career and he plays games harder than a lot of guys do. At the end of the day, you just want to make sure he’s available come next Wednesday."