C's Wallace says he'll play Monday

Updated: January 17, 2010, 2:10 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace participated in Saturday's practice session at Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint and expects to play Monday night when the Dallas Mavericks visit TD Garden.

"Definitely, I'm going to go Monday," Wallace said. "I've got one more [practice on Sunday] to get under my belt. I'll be fine."

Wallace was a late scratch in Monday's loss to Atlanta and has missed the past three games with a sore left forefoot. But Wallace indicated Saturday that the injury actually occurred long before last Sunday's win against Toronto.

"It happened a while ago, I've been playing on it for two weeks," Wallace said. "The last few minutes in the Toronto game last week -- that sorta did it. [Since then, I've had to] sit on it, give it a rest for a week."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that trainer Ed Lacerte indicated that the swelling had gone down in Wallace's foot, which, barring a setback, should allow him to go Monday.

"[Wallace] told me he feels good and says he wants to go through practice [Sunday] and then see how he feels," Rivers said. "Right now, I think he's going to play on Monday."

Rivers said he'll confer with Lacerte again to determine how many minutes Wallace is able to play, but does expect to limit his court time in his first game back.

In other encouraging news for the Celtics, forward Kevin Garnett worked out on the exercise bike during Saturday's session and Rivers suggested he's still on pace for a Friday return.

"Let's say he plays the Portland game, and we don't know if he will or not, but if he did play that, that's one game and then we have a practice or so to get him ready for the next one," said Rivers. "That's not a bad rhythm for him."

With the Celtics playing Wednesday night in Detroit and unlikely to practice Thursday, Rivers was asked how exactly Boston plans to get Garnett ready for Friday's game action.

"If he gets the clearance -- if Eddie [Lacerte] gives him clearance, it's not a practice, but we'll have four guys come in and do the dummy offense on [Thursday], get that in."

Garnett, sidelined with a hyperextended right knee, hasn't practiced or played since being kicked in that surgically-repaired knee in a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 28.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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