Celtics hold Wallace out vs. Hawks

Updated: January 12, 2010, 3:01 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace sat out Monday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks with a sore left forefoot and may miss up to a week, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after the game.

Rasheed Wallace

Wallace

Wallace, who injured the front part of his foot during Sunday's win over Toronto, underwent X-rays after telling Rivers he couldn't play Monday night and, while the tests were negative, the training staff suggested some time off.

"Looks like a week, maybe," Rivers said. "It's day-to-day, but I would say maybe a week. Maybe less.

"It started hurting him [Sunday] night after the game. In the locker room he was saying his foot was bothering him and then this morning it got bigger I guess. But when he came to the game, he thought he was going to play. He actually went out and and tried to warm up, and he came in and said, 'Hey coach, I can't go.'"

Wallace, who was averaging 10 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, was replaced in the starting lineup by Brian Scalabrine.

Wallace's absence is a problem because he was replacing Kevin Garnett in the lineup. Garnett has not played since he hyperextended his right knee on Dec. 28, and Rivers said Monday that he expects him to miss another 10 days.

"He got to start working out today for the first time," Rivers said. "Now it's just a conditioning thing. We want to make sure he gets strong and back in shape because he literally hasn't done anything. We figure 10 days to two weeks, that's what it'll take."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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