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"We have to play him short minutes, short spurts," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "That's all you can do. It's not going to get any better at this point."

The 6-foot-10 big man played nearly 19 lackluster minutes in Tuesday's 91-84 Game Three loss, scoring just two points on 1-for-5 shooting.

"He's struggling," Rivers admitted. "His back is killing him, but he's just trying to do what he does. We understand that."

Wallace's back injury has led to the C's playing him sparingly.

Not only does that cut into his playing time, but Rivers said it also has a domino effect on the rest of my team.

One lineup that Rivers wanted to try out included Wallace and Kevin Garnett.

"But we can't do it," Rivers said, "because he [Wallace] comes in first, and it's time to bring Kevin back in.
I've been impressed with Rasheed's effort these past couple of weeks. It's a shame that he had to suffer this injury now. This is why that Game 4 overtime loss at home versus Orlando stung so much. Instead of having time to rest, the Celtics played two more games and more injuries occurred. Rasheed and all the Celtics only need to battle through for one more week. This is their opportunity to be immortalized in Boston Sports history.

JR 6/09/2010 02:30:00 PM Edit
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4 Responses so far.

  1. Rasheed's been D'ing up and playing pretty well offensively. I thought he had a decent game yesterday minus a few missed open looks from 3.

  2. tb727 says:

    I actually was hoping he could play for 30 minutes a night moving forward. Him being on the floor would pull one of the Flakers' big men out.

    You're totally right about that Game 4 vs Orlando...

  3. JR says:

    Yeah, this is a tough blow TB. The ironic thing about that Game 4 is that Rasheed's technical foul that game might have been the difference between overtime or a win. Was that also the game where there was flagrant 2 on Orlando that wasn't called until after the game (thus we didn't get FT's)?

  4. tb727 says:

    Yep that was the game- the flagrant on Howard when he elbowed Garnett.

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