Newly acquired Celtics guard Nate Robinson took and passed his physical Friday, but is not expected to make his Boston debut until next week as he battles a stomach virus.
Robinson, who the Celtics had pondered flying to Portland for Friday's game due to a shorthanded roster following a five-player deal consummated at Thursday's trade deadline, had been battling flu-like symptoms during his final days with the New York Knicks and his condition required a precautionary hospital visit Friday. He spent the night at an area hotel, according to the team.
Because of his condition, Robinson will not join the team on this current four-game road trip, including Sunday's game in Denver. Instead, he's expected to make a far more dramatic debut Tuesday night at the TD Garden when his old team visits for the start of a three-game homestand.
Forward Marcus Landry, the other player received from the Knicks in a deal that sent Eddie House, J.R. Giddens, and Bill Walker to New York, also took his physical Friday, but has an ankle sprain and will be sidelined for a few days as well.
Robinson will wear No. 4, while Landry has picked No. 12. Ironically, those were the numbers worn by Giddens and Walker.