Thursday's practice report

WALTHAM, Mass. -- A quick rundown on the news and notes from Thursday's practice at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint, where the Celtics returned to the court after a two-day break.

Back at it: The Celtics enjoyed a couple of days of downtime after polishing off a perfect three-game road trip Monday in Memphis and coach Doc Rivers noted there was some expected rust to shake Thursday.

"Practice was OK, it was typical of taking a couple of days off," said Rivers. "We were flat early, but I thought we got it going... We had one more drill left, but I blew the whistle and said, 'That's it.' We were going so hard at the end, let's save something for [Friday]."

Said captain Paul Pierce: "It's good to get back out there. It was nice to get some rest after playing so many road games, get the body adjusted back to the time. We came in today, freshened up -- it's not as crisp as we want to be, but as practice went on it got better."

Baby's birthday bash: Celtics forward Glen Davis, who had his soft cast removed while his teammates were out on the road last week, said he's eying a return around his birthday: Jan. 1. That means we could see Baby's court return for a game against the Raptors on Jan. 2.

But even that might be a bit ambitious. Davis engaged in limited portions of practice Thursday and hopes to ramp up his contact over the next two weeks.

"Next week I'll try a little more contact, and the week after that I'll probably practice with the team on the road trip," said Davis. "It felt good to be out there with the team, running plays. I've been out so long, you just want to get out there and go full contact. But I'm taking my time."

Rivers confirmed that Davis would make the trip that includes games against the Clippers, Warriors and Suns at the end of the month, then threw in a jab.

"You know what that means," said Rivers, setting up his own punchline. "We've got to take more food on the plane."

Daniels stays positive: Celtics guard Marquis Daniels said he'll find out more about a possible timetable for his return when he has his surgically repaired left thumb evaluated Friday.

He noted that the Celtics' success, even in his absence, has made being sidelined easier to stomach.

"Everybody stayed in touch, keeping my spirits up," said Daniels, who went under the knife as the Celtics embarked on a three-game road trip. "The guys have been winning, but it's still tough, I want to go out and help here or there. But the guys are doing good right now, so that makes it a lot easier for me."

Asked how he's keeping busy, Daniels said he's been rapping (a favorite hobby of his) and watching a lot of game footage. He said what he sees on tape will help him be a better player when he returns to the court.

Hudson back soon: One day after Lester Hudson dropped 25 points in his NBA Development League debut with the Maine Red Claws, Rivers indicated the rookie guard would soon be recalled. With a thin slate this week and a lack of court time recently, Rivers wanted to get Hudson some game action to keep him sharp. Hudson will not be back for Friday's game against Philadelphia, but should return to the parent club before the Green departs on their next road trip.