Delonte West out at least one game
Coming off his finest performance since returning from a fractured right wrist last week, reserve guard Delonte West sprained his right ankle during some informal workouts Sunday and sat out Monday's road-trip finale against the Utah Jazz, according to the Celtics.
West rolled the ankle while accidentally stepping on a teammate's foot. The Celtics also said West is questionable for Wednesday's game in Boston against the Phoenix Suns.
West missed 39 games with the wrist injury suffered in late November before returning last Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors in Boston's first game after the All-Star break. He went scoreless in 12 rust-filled minutes that night, but has steadily improved, registering nine points, five assists, and three rebounds over 19 minutes in Saturday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
West has appeared in only eight games this season for Boston. After sitting out the first 10 games of the regular season due to suspension, he returned for five games before fracturing his wrist while crashing to the floor after a layup against the New Jersey Nets on Nov. 24.
The latest injury might only be minor, but it's the latest snag for West as Boston tries to get its bench healthy. Boston does boast two open roster spots (a third is held by Chris Johnson on a 10-day contract) and the Celtics also have rookie Avery Bradley available as a backup point guard.
Nate Robinson, who served as the team's top backup at point guard, was traded to Oklahoma City on Thursday along with Kendrick Perkins in the package that brought back Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, and a future first-round draft pick.
Asked about finally getting some second-unit continuity with West back on Saturday, Rivers said, "We're getting closer, there's no doubt, and that'll be good."
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.
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