Melo to Maine to resume game reps

January, 11, 2013
1/11/13
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BOSTON -- The Celtics re-assigned Fab Melo to the Maine Red Claws of the D-League on Friday.

Melo had been with Boston for nearly two weeks after suffering a concussion while walking through a low-hanging doorway while on assignment with the Claws in South Dakota last month. With all the necessary tests passed, the Celtics immediately sent him back to Maine, which had back-to-back games scheduled starting Friday night.

"He needs to get back to playing," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "He’s got to watch the doorways and all that kind of stuff, [but] he just needs to get back to play. I think it’s important for him. It was good having him around. You could see he was antsy and really wanted to get back to playing."

Melo, a 7-footer center and the 22nd overall pick in June's draft, has appeared in 12 contests for Maine this season, averaging 10.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. Melo put up some eyebrow-raising numbers before his freak off-court injury, but the Celtics remain committed to nurturing his development in the D-League, even with available active roster spots to carry him with the parent club.

[Update: Melo produced a winning layup with 1.2 seconds remaining in Maine's 102-100 triumph over Springfield on Friday night. He finished with six points, six rebounds, and two blocks in 29 minutes during his first game back from the concussion.]

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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