BOSTON — Now, this was a comeback.
Throughout training camp, the preseason and the early part of the regular seasons, Chris Wilcox and his “scary buddy” Jeff Green repeated the cliché that simply getting back on the court after learning of their heart defects last season was a victory. For more than 99 percent of the populous, that would be true. Recovering from heart surgery is hard enough without having to run up and down a 90-foot hardwood floor with elite athletes.
Wilcox did not get to the NBA by being happy just to participate, though. He could not have been fully satisfied with his first two appearances this season, in which he totaled 10 minutes and two points, both off free throws. That sort of nominal contribution was not what made him an NCAA champion at Maryland or an 11-year NBA veteran.
The sort of participation Wilcox strives for came Wednesday, when he delivered an energetic three minutes off the bench that sparked the Celtics to a 100-94 victory over the Wizards.