In some sense, it's surprising that Delonte West somehow looked relatively rustless tonight. He's been back for just three games. He played in all of eight games before that. His season's been a traffic jam with a suspension and nagging injuries stopping him when he wants to go.

Then, when he finally gets on the floor, he's sharp. Doc Rivers trusts him to run the offense. He's able to provide a spark. He was one of the catalysts in the Celtics 89-85 win tonight.

"Usually, a guy misses so many games you can see him getting winded and kind of not knowing the plays," West said. "It just seems like he never has a letdown. Every time he comes back from an injury, it's like he's been there already, because he stays prepared."

West scored 9 points, working like jumper cables for a Celtics team that needed a jump after halftime simply by providing energy and playmaking, "just going out there playing tough defense, picking up in the areas we might be slacking, that's my game," West said.