On the 11th, we reported that Darko was wearing a wrap on his wrist after banging it in practice and wasn't expected to miss time but was icing it and wearing the wrap. Last night, he came down on the wrist in the third quarter of the Celtics' lost to the Sixers. He stayed down during the following play and the Celtics called a timeout. After the timeout, he returned to the court and on the next play, he threw down a left-handed dunk.
A Sherrod Blakely reports this morning that Darko has been playing with a strained ligaments injury in his right wrist and that he aggravated the injury last night. He also reports that the pain in Darko's wrist is so bad now that he's contemplating having a cortisone shot to help alleviate the pain.
"I'm thinking about it," Milicic told CSNNE.com. "It (the pain) went away and I forgot about it. And I landed on it, and I got hit on it, and got hit on it and some other stupid (bleep) … the pain keeps coming back."
He is unable to turn his wrist clock-wise or counter clock-wise and also can't bend it upwards.
He is hoping that if the shot alleviates some of the pain, he can continue to play through the injury. He has been a big surprise in camp and has worked his way into the big man rotation off the bench. When asked about the possibility of sitting out the rest of the preseason to let the wrist heal, he had this to say:
"It's not really one of the options I want to take," he said. "We'll see."
That should be another surprise for Celtics fans because Darko was painted as a slacker coming from other teams. He's definitely tough and definitely has the desire to play and help the team. I find that I'm liking Darko more and more.