Despite some recent injuries, Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge said his team is not looking to fill its open roster spot right now. He also said there are no plans on sending rookie guard Gabe Pruitt to the NBA Development League right now to play for Utah Flash. Pruitt said hasn’t worried about playing in the D-League for the Celtics’ affiliate since he wants to do whatever they believe is best for him.
“It makes me feel good knowing that they have confidence in me,” Pruitt said. “I’m here and obviously I’m here for a reason. So I’m just waiting my turn right now. Guys are hurt right now. I have to pay more attention, get the reps in, know what the guys are doing and see what the coaches want so I can execute in games when I get my turn.”
The one negative for Pruitt is that there aren’t many practices during the season for him to work on his game. Prior to next Wednesday’s game against Golden State, the Celtics are only expected to practice once on Tuesday. To keep his conditioning and development on track, Pruitt is doing extra basketball drills after practices and shootarounds and before game and conditions after games.
“I do a lot of shooting, a lot of conditioning…,” said Pruitt, who had played only 6 minutes entering last night’s game against Miami. “I get a lot of reps in and get my body in shape so when I do get in the game I won’t be tired. I get in game shape, keep my body ready and do game-type situations by playing 1-on-1 and 2-on-2.”