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Delonte West injured again, Shaq set for playoffs return


Is there a M*A*S*H* unit that follows the Celtics around?

It just seems it would be cost efficient at this point. Boston picked up another injury Monday, but just one so it may be under their daily quota. This time it was Delonte West spraining his ankle, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England.

Delonte West hurt his right ankle in the third quarter, the same ankle that sidelined him for a couple of weeks earlier this month.

“I was worried,” said coach Doc Rivers, who added that there’s no timetable for when West will return.

Don’t expect to see Wednesday for sure. Boston struggled for a stretch when Rajon Rondo got worn down because there was no quality backup for him. West was going to fix that, but it’s less of an issue heading into the playoffs when the minutes behind Rondo would be reduced anyway.

The bigger issue is Shaquille O’Neal. Boston needs him back — he has played just six minutes since Feb. 1 (he came back from an Achilles injury and it took six minutes to strain his calf). Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Shaq will be back when the playoffs start. Promise.

“We’re planning as of right now of him practicing Thursday or Friday and being ready to play for Game 1 of the playoffs,” Ainge said. “I have every confidence that he will be ready and play in the playoffs.”

Is there anyone counting on Shaq, anyone who has bet bigger on him recently, than Ainge?

With West out Hornets likely still make playoffs, just exit early

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We’re still waiting for the official diagnosis of David West, but if you’ve seen the video of his injury — if you heard his screams of pain on the game broadcast — you would realize it is not going to be good. He has a long rehab ahead of him, and some serious decisions to make now about free agency (he was expected to opt out of the last year of his deal, but this may change everything).

The other question this injury raises: What now for the Hornets?

The good news: they probably make the playoffs.

As of Friday morning the Hornets were the seven seed in the West, one game ahead of the eight seed Grizzlies and three games up on the nine-seed Rockets. But as Zach Lowe points out at Sports Illustrated that three is really four — the Hornets hold the tiebreaker over the Rockets (the best Houston can do is tie the head-to-head, and after that the second tiebreaker is conference record, where the Hornets are way ahead).

Even if — or really, how much — the Hornets take a step back without West, giving up a four-game lead with 10 to play is nearly impossible.

Once they are in the playoffs, that’s where the Hornets will really feel the loss of West.

Coach Monty Williams has the hornets wining with defense — they give up just 101.1 points per 100 possessions, sixth best in the league (via Hoopdata). That likely will not change much with Carl Landry and Jason Smith taking over West’s minutes.

But that defense has to make up for a weak offense — 103.5 points per 100 possessions, 19th in the league.

And what little offense the Hornets bring is largely based around the Chris Paul/West pick-and-pop. Especially in crunch time. West was hitting 47 percent of his five long-two pointers a game, but also has a good post game if he gets a mismatch. CP3 knew how to play off him, other guys new how to get open off that action.

Carl Landry will now set those picks — and he has yet to play one minute this season with all the other four Hornet starters, reports John Schuhmann at NBA.com.

Landry is not as deadly as West with the long two pop off the pick — he is shooting 38 percent on that since coming to the Hornets — but he still has to be respected from that distance. Landry also is a pretty average rebounder at best, where West is good.

Basically, Landry isn’t bad but he is a second tier West. One who will not demand the attention and double teams West did.

And when the Hornets match up with the Spurs/Lakers/Mavericks in the first round they will miss the matchup problems West created. A lot. It’s hard to win playoff games without the ability to exploit mismatches and West created a lot of them. Landry is less feared on offense.

But at least the Hornets should still make the post season.

Hornets’ David West injures knee, leaves game in wheelchair


UPDATE March 25, 12:34 am: The Hornets are officially calling this “left knee trauma” (which is a pretty scary term) but said in a release that the X-rays are negative. He will have an MRI before the team discusses the severity of the injury.

Al Jefferson of the Jazz said he hopes he is wrong but to him it looked like the injury was major and compared it to when Jefferson tore his ACL, reports Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake City Tribune via twitter. If you’ve seen the video it’s hard to think it is anything but something serious.

March 24, 11:31 pm: This looked horrible, sickeningly bad. We can only hope the actual injury the Hornets leading scorer David West isn’t as bad as it looked.

With the Hornets down two and 10 seconds left against Utah, West started a drive from the left wing and got to the basket, where Paul Millsap came to challenge but was late. West tied the game at 103-103 with a dunk.

But he landed awkwardly on his left leg and West’s knee buckled under him in one of those ways that makes all of us watching the replay just cringe. One of those where a knee is not meant to bend that way.

West fell next to the station and while play continued on you could hear West on the broadcast screaming in pain. Team medical staff came out and he was eventually taken off the floor in a wheelchair.

We do not know the extent of the injuries but check PBT for updates as we get them.

This injury could have big playoff implications. The Hornets are currently the seven seed in the Western Conference but just half a game ahead of the Grizzlies in the in the eight spot. The Rockets are 2.5 games back in the nine seed and missing the playoffs all together. Obviously, the Hornets are not the same team if West cannot play.

Also, West was expected to opt out of the $7.5 million he was owed next season and test the free agent market. Where he would have attracted a lot of suitors. If this is serious it could change all of that.

We hope, for West and the Hornets’ sake, it’s not as bad as it looked.

Delonte West back Wednesday, says he will not be 100% all season

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The good news is Delonte West is expected to return to Boston Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.

That sigh of relief you just heard was a very tired Rajon Rondo, happy to hear the cavalry is coming over the hill. He needed some backup help at the point.

But it’s not all good news, as West told CSN New England he is hurting but he is going to go.

“I don’t think I’m gonna be 100 percent at all this year,” he added. “I’ve been told that the wrist is gonna take another six months to recover, still don’t have rotation. The ankle is a little sore, but no more sore than any other player is playing with right now.”

Boston likes to rest its guys and get them right, but at some point you play through it. Especially if more West (and Carlos Arroyo) can get Rondo some rest so he is rested and ready for the playoffs.

Here’s the video of West’s interview with CSN New England: