BOSTON -- Asked for a medical update before Monday's game against the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers sighed. A voice from the back of the reporter pile cracked, "This could take a while."
Said Rivers: "It will, actually. So there’s no [Rajon] Rondo, no [Chris] Wilcox, no Keyon [Dooling], no Ray [Allen], no [Mickael] Pietrus."
Allow us to break it down:
* Rondo will miss his third straight game due to a sprained right wrist sustained in a fall Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors. He lobbied to play, but team doctors erred on the side of caution. Rivers suggested he should be back Thursday in Orlando for the back end of this home-and-home.
* Allen suffered a jammed left ankle in Sunday's win in Washington and, while Rivers said MRIs were negative on the injury, he's not ready to play. Rivers didn't offer a timetable on his potential return, but didn't offer his name when asked who was closest to being back.
* Pietrus suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's win in Washington that didn't flare up until after the game. Rivers said he's unable to lift his arm above his ear, so, Rivers cracked, "That would have been tough to get a shot off, and I know he would try." Pietrus will get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.
* Dooling will miss his seventh straight game with a right knee ailment, but Rivers suggested he might be back on the court for Thursday's game in Orlando.
* Wilcox will miss his sixth game in a row -- and ninth over the season -- as he recovers from a left calf injury. Rivers didn't offer a timetable on his return.
The Celtics will operate with a starting lineup that features a backcourt of Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic playing alongside Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jermaine O'Neal.
Asked about how the Celtics function without a third of their roster, River said, "We play the other guys. That’s what you do, really."