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The Boston Celtics got some bad news in their Christmas stockings this week when they found out that Chris Wilcox will be sidelined for at least a month with a hand injury. Wilcox had been playing well for the team despite modest averages of four points and two rebounds per game. Despite those totals, he was providing the team good minutes in a front court rotation that has mostly been uninspiring so far this season.
Wilcox has to be one of the most frustrating players for the Celtics in recent memories. He is always hurt and can never stay healthy. It stinks to speak so negatively about the guy due to injuries, but they have absolutely derailed a once promising career. Wilcox has always been talented and has always seemed to be the underachieving type.
The Celtics will have to rely on their core rotation even more now with this injury. The problem is that they do not have a true backup center on the roster and have to throw out an undersized front court in every game. Against a team like the Los Angeles Lakers, the Celtics will struggle greatly in the front court, especially when it comes to rebounding and shot blocking. Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard are both players with great size at their respective positions. Kevin Garnett is the only seven footer on the Celtics roster but would have a great challenge in covering Howard for most of a game. Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger would also have their fair share of difficulties with Gasol.
The Celtics have battled adversity all season and the Wilcox injury is just another wrench in the road that they will have to overcome.