Delonte West's right ankle was hurting as he lay on the floor in the UCLA Student Activities Center gym last Sunday. But his mind was asking different questions.

What ladder had he walked under? What cosmic crack had he stepped on?

It's been a "Celebrity Ghost Stories" kind of year for West, who began the campaign with a 10-game league suspension for gun charges. He weathered that storm, appropriately contrite and accepting of his punishment.

But the penalty box door continued to slam on West. In his fifth game back from the suspension, he hit the Garden floor with a thud, breaking his right wrist.

He came back 39 games later and, in his third appearance, he finally had it going. West hit a pair of treys and had five assists in 19 minutes and got a lot of the credit from Doc Rivers for the Celts' comeback win against the Clippers.