A lot of little bits of news to report from pregame here at TD Banknorth in Boston. Nothing earth-shattering, but you might be interested nonetheless.
• There was some talk that Brandon Roy's minutes on the second night of back-to-back's might be limited due to concerns that his left knee might once again flare up. Sounds like that's not going to be the case tonight in Boston. Nate McMillan during his pregame press availability that he has not been told by the training staff or Brandon that he needs to reduce Roy's minutes anymore than the team already has. McMillan said he intends to play Roy between 30 and 35 minutes in tonight's game.
• Sean Marks, who has missed the last two games after rolling his right ankle in Friday night's loss to the New Orleans Hornets, is active for tonight's game, though McMillan said he did not expect the center from New Zealand to play. The Celtics are down a few bigmen as well, but that doesn't really take the sting out of having only one legitimate center in Marcus Camby.
• The Trail Blazers are going through one of their worst stretches in years, prompting McMillan to throw any and everything he has at the problem. Tonight's tactic: give some minutes to Patty Mills and Luke Babbitt in hopes that one or both gives the team some kind of spark. I wouldn't expect either to get extended minutes, but they'll most likely get more run than either received in the last two games (though that's not saying much).
• Joel Przybilla flew from Portland to Boston and is now with the team. He is not expected to play tonight against the Celtics, as the team would like the Przybilla to get in at least one practice before returning to game action for the first time since rupturing his patella tendon almost a full calendar year ago. The team will practice tomorrow in Washington DC, and if Przybilla is able to go through the workout, there's a chance he will make his return the next night against the Wizards.