Marc Spears is reporting in the Globe that Scot Pollard is returning to Boston for an MRI on the left ankle that has been bothering him since the first practice. Many of us have been concerned about his history of injuries, but I thought it would be his back that has kept him out for much of the last couple years. This should give Danny a very good reason to keep Batista on the team.
The Herald, which has had much better coverage of the Celtics during training camp expands on the coverage with this:
When it became clear he wouldn’t play here tomorrow against the Raptors or even next Wednesday in London against Minnesota, it was decided he should be closer to the Celts’ practice facility in Waltham.
“Dr. (Brian) McKeon came to Danny (Ainge) and I and Eddie (Lacerte, the trainer) and just suggested that if we wanted to get him good treatment to send him home,'’ said Doc Rivers. “That’s where to get it.
“His ankle is really big. We just want to make sure it gets right. We need him clearly, so we want to get him healthy. He’s a veteran. If he was a young guy, we probably would have kept him here, but then it (the rehab) would have been slower.
“It didn’t (respond). It will; you know that, but we just wanted to make sure. He’s important to our team and we just wanted to make sure we get the right treatment and get him everything he needs to heal.'’
Pollard sprained the ankle a couple of weeks before training camp and wasn’t able to participate in any of the practices here. He was most notable for his loud proclamations when it was time to get the Celts on their bus after practice.
Before he left, Pollard said, “Yeah, I wish I could just snap my fingers and the ankle would be perfect, but I guess that’s not the case. I’ll catch all of you back in the States.'’ Things just got a lot quieter around here.
I wonder who they will get to yell for the team to board the bus now.