DJ Sidelined

1983-84 Boston Celtics
Record 36-9
February 3, 1984

Things had been going almost too well for the Celtics. With the club riding a seven-game winning streak, only scant mention seemed necessary when veteran Dennis Johnson hobbled off the Boston Garden floor Wednesday night with a sprained ankle. But yesterday morning, with Johnson's ankle the size of a grapefruit, the first-place Celtics found themselves making plans to revamp their starting lineup. Johnson's ankle was "severely sprained," according to trainer Ray Melchiorre.

The injury will keep him out of tonight's game (7:30) against the Indiana Pacers at the Garden, and Dr. Thomas Silva, team physician, said that because of the swelling Johnson might not be able to even begin running for a week. Johnson hopes to be ready for next Wednesday's game against the Lakers at the Garden.

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