C's Look To Inject Life Into Team With Return Of Wallace And Garnett

Long in the tooth or defanged? Celtics look to return some bite to their line-up this week.

With the Celtics amidst a slew of lackluster performances since injuries to both Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett there has been little to cheer about this side of Brian Scalabrine sightings.

However, the Celtics are looking ahead to a week that could see them rebound in a big way with the return of Rasheed Wallace (Monday) and Kevin Garnett (Friday).

Wallace, who was a late scratch from a loss Monday to the Atlanta Hawks, is looking to rebound from a left foot sprain he suffered the night before in Toronto. Although expected to be cleared to play, indications are that Wallace will have his minutes monitored for at least his first game back. A rotation of Glen Davis and Wallace is the most likely combination, improving the rotation at power forward for the last three games by leaving Scalabrine (27 points in 69 minutes) as the odd man out.

As for Garnett, Coach Rivers has said the current plan is to “have four guys come in and do the dummy offense on [Thursday], get that in”. If all goes well and Garnett is up to speed and cleared to play the Celtics will be looking at sending their opening night starting five on to the court for the first time in 2010.

The Celtics have gone 5-4 in the absence of Kevin Garnett; and 1-2 without Rasheed Wallace. That one win with Wallace came against the NBA’s running joke, the New Jersey Nets.

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