CSN's Greg Dickerson has a report from shootaround. He is reporting that Richard Hamilton is expected to play this evening in Game 6.
This is actually good news for Celtics fans as Hamilton is unlikely to be as effective with an injury to his shooting elbow, and I'd much rather a 50% Hamilton splitting time in the backcourt with a 100% Rodney Stuckey than for Stuckey to simply get all of the playing time.
Quotes from Hamilton on playing tonight:
"I have no choice. This is do or die," Hamilton, who suffered a strained right elbow near the conclusion of the Pistons' Game 5 loss in Boston, said after the team's shootaround Friday.
After shooting with the team, Hamilton said he had discomfort in his right elbow, but would play through it.
"Once I get out there and the adrenaline is going, I'll be fine," Hamilton said. "I told my teammates, 'Don't look at me as handicap.' ... I'm fine. I'm ready to roll."
Not exactly confident statements. "I have no choice"..."Discomfort"..."Don't look at me as a handicap."
While you never root for injuries, Rip doesn't sound anywhere near full strength. Hopefully the Celtics can capitalize and move forward to Armageddon versus the Lakers.