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Celtics fans, don’t expect to see Chris Wilcox anytime soon

Oct 16, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass AP

The Celtics have had a problem this preseason — when Kevin Garnett sits, opposing centers are having a field day. It wasn’t pretty when he rested a game Monday night. Doc Rivers sings the praises of Dark Milicic and Jason Collins as if that is going to solve the problem when the games matter. Not sure I’d bet on that.

There is also Chris Wilcox on the roster, but the veteran big man is battling back spasms. And there is no timetable on his return, Doc Rivers told CSNNE.com.

Back spasms kept Wilcox out of Monday night’s game against the 76ers. In fact, they’ve kept him out of every C’s preseason game and practice dating back to before their trip to Europe….

“I don’t even know, honestly… The way I look at it, if Eddie [Lacerte, the C's trainer] is talking to me about Wilcox, that means he’s close,” Doc Rivers said Monday. “The fact that he hasn’t mentioned Wilcox’s name over the last four days, means he’s not close.”

Well, that’s not good.

It’s far, far too early for serious concern in Boston. But the quality of backup play defensively in the paint and defense on pick-and-rolls have got to improve if Boston is going to get anywhere near its goals for this season.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 16, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    How many players are on the Celtics roster? It seems like 30 at least.

    • jjordannba - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      Before today there were 18, now there are 16 players

  2. j0esixpack - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Where is Rasheed Wallace when you need him?

  3. doublezero74 - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Yeah, it’ll get figured out. Celtics are a defense first team and that ain’t changing in one year

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