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Delonte West's Departure to Dallas Will Come Back to Bite the Boston Celtics

MIAMI, FL - MAY 03:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat talks with Delonte West #13 of  the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Oliver ThomasContributor IJanuary 20, 2012

In wake of Rajon Rondo's frightening wrist injury in a win over the Toronto Raptors, the Boston Celtics find themselves undermanned at yet another position: point guard.

The Celtics bench includes guards like Avery Bradley, Keyon Dooling, and E'Twaun Moore. However, these reserves are much more comfortable playing at shooting guard.

Bradley has been used as the off-guard this season, Doc Rivers thinks of Dooling as a shooter, and Moore thrived at the 2-guard position in his college years at Purdue.

The lack of a true backup point guard has officially become an issue for the C's. The team let Delonte West walk away this offseason and he has fit in nicely with the Dallas Mavericks.

When Jason Kidd went down with a back injury recently, West stepped in as the starting point guard for the Mavs and the team won three straight.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle spoke about the impact West has had in Dallas.

“Delonte West flat out competes all the time,” he said.

Now as the Celtics castoff has found a new home, Boston has encountered yet another problem with its roster. Kenny Anderson is not walking through that door, neither is Tony Delk, or even Chucky Atkins.

Dooling is coming off an MCL injury which has hurt his lateral quickness. He is questionable for Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns and Rondo is doubtful, so that may leave Bradley and Moore as the only healthy options.

The Celtics cannot afford many more losses against mediocre teams like the Suns as they strive for a playoff spot in the bolstered Eastern Conference.

If Rondos injury lingers, then C's fans will learn to miss West's presence in the back court and spark off the bench.

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