BOSTON -- Celtics reserve forward Troy Murphy hobbled through the locker room before Friday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats sporting a walking boot after rolling his right ankle during Thursday's practice.
"That’s why we should never practice," sighed Celtics coach Doc Rivers, only half joking, before acknowledging that boots are en vogue with his team lately. "If you have a wart, I think you put a boot on these days. Literally, everybody has a boot; I’m going to get one."
Murphy joins Shaquille O'Neal (right foot injuries) and Von Wafer (right calf sprain) as injured players that have been forced to sport a boot recently. Murphy will sit out Friday's game against Charlotte and be re-evaluated moving forward.
As for O'Neal, Rivers acknowledged he received a cortisone shot earlier this week and said he's been placed back in the immobilizing boot as a measure to help speed up his recovery by reducing the inflammation that occurred when he tried to ramp up his activity last week.
"I don't know if it's precautionary, because he's always been injured," said Rivers. "I just think [Boston's training staff is] trying to speed it up, more than it is getting worse. Honestly, I don't get involved in it. I just know they decided to do it, to put a boot on it.
"I don't think it's a setback because we haven't had a set. We haven't really set a date when he was coming back. Talking to [team trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] again, he still thinks it's around a week or so. I've been saying a week now for three weeks, but I don't think it's changed any."
Rivers also acknowledged that Jermaine O'Neal (left knee surgery) will rejoin the team Monday in Indiana then engage in his first team basketball activities during an offday practice on Wednesday in San Antonio.
Rivers said Wafer will not play Friday against Charlotte or Sunday in Minnesota, but there's a chance he will join the Celtics on the upcoming four-game road trip given his speedy return to the practice court Thursday. But Rivers stressed that he still believes Wafer is a ways out from game activity.