Tuesday , Dec , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics return home for two games

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics will have a day to rest before returning
home for two games with hopes of ending a three-game losing streak.

Boston has also dropped five of its last six games, including Monday’s 100-82
loss against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Leading scorer Paul
Pierce was held to just eight points in the ugly loss, while Tony Allen had 20
points and Ryan Gomes added 19 for Boston.

The Celtics were without Wally Szczerbiak (sprained his left ankle), who
joined Theo Ratliff (back) and Michael Olowokandi (abdominal strain) on the
inactive list. Pierce was nursing a sore elbow and it showed in his worst
outing of the 2006-07 season.

Szczerbiak, who is averaging 19.6 points a game this season, sprained his left
ankle in Friday’s loss at Toronto and hasn’t practiced since. The Celtics need
him to get back as soon as possible to help improve their 5-11 record — good
enough for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Delonte West started for
Szczerbiak and scored four points against the Bulls.

“We’re not a very good basketball team right now,” head coach Doc Rivers said
after Monday’s game. “We’re going to keep working and I still believe we will
be ready, but until everyone is doing [what they need to do], we’re not going
to win games.”

Meanwhile, rookie guard and Villanova product Allan Ray recorded his first NBA
field goal and made four of six shots for nine points in Monday’s loss.

Boston, which just lost two straight on the road, will return home against
Memphis and Phoenix before hitting the road again for three games at New
Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

The Celtics are 3-6 at home and 2-5 away from TD Banknorth Garden this season.

BOS