Celtics 22, Trail Blazers 16

Marcus Camby made his debut for Portland on Friday night against

Boston. Nate Robinson’s first game in a Celtics uniform is on hold

thanks to the flu.

Camby was in the starting lineup for the Trail Blazers, three

days after being acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers to fill the

void left by season-ending injuries to Greg Oden and Joel


But the other debut expected to happen on Friday night was

delayed after Robinson reported to Boston for his physical with a

bad case of the flu. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said plans were in

place for Robinson to join the team in Portland, but after Thursday

night’s win in Los Angeles over the Lakers, he was told that

Robinson was in no shape to travel or play.

Now, Robinson likely won’t suit up for the Celtics until they

return home on Tuesday night against – guess who – the Knicks. New

York traded Robinson and Marcus Landry earlier this week for Eddie

House, J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker and a future conditional

second-round pick.

“I guess that works out well for him. I don’t know,” Rivers


Without Robinson, the Celtics were left short-handed in the

backcourt. It was a concern for Rivers, who felt the Celtics

offense became too slow and plodding on Thursday against the Lakers

when starting point guard Rajon Rondo wore down. Rondo played 44

minutes in the 87-86 win.

“He literally is just not feeling up to it,” Rivers said of

Robinson, who was averaging 13.2 points and 3.7 assists for the

Knicks. “Yesterday before the game he was feeling pretty good and

it probably was just adrenaline from the trade, he was excited and

then he hit the wall.”

The Blazers acquired Camby from the Los Angeles Clippers on

Tuesday for Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw and he immediately moved

into Portland’s starting lineup, pushing veteran Juwan Howard to

the bench. Camby, who was in Portland with the Clippers when the

trade went down, spent the last few days getting acclimated to his

new teammates and the Portland offense.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan hasn’t thrown too much at Camby yet,

other than a few offensive sets. McMillan expected Camby’s first

game to be a learning process for everybody as he figures out what

combinations work between Camby, Howard and forward LaMarcus


“His experience, his IQ will allow him to make that transition

pretty smooth,” McMillan said. “We gave him a few sets that we

wanted to run with him … and it will take him a few games to get

these things down, but he should be OK.”

All-Star Brandon Roy was back in the Blazers starting lineup as

well after leaving Tuesday’s win over the Clippers at halftime. It

was Roy’s first game since Jan. 20 after sitting out 12 games with

an injured right hamstring. The hamstring started to flare up on

Tuesday and McMillan said they will closely watch Roy’s minutes

going forward.

“We’re going to watch his minutes and we’ll be listening to

him,” McMillan said. “He’ll let us know how he’s feeling.”