After more than a month of battling soreness in his right elbow, small forward Carlos Delfino sat out Tuesday’s game and will skip the trip to Miami in hopes he can alleviate the swelling that has grown worse in recent games.

An MRI on Monday revealed a loose cartilage in the elbow and Delfino took an injection of anti-inflammatories on Tuesday.

“They found a piece of cartilage moving around,” Delfino said. “It’s still attached to the bone. It’s like a flap. It’s loose. So every time the joint is moving, it is creating more pain. I had a shot today of this gel that lubricates. We’ll see. It’s like putting oil on the door when it’s making noise.

“I don’t want to do surgery. The option is to do what we’re doing or going in to surgery and being out six weeks. I don’t want to do that. I don’t even consider that an option.”

Delfino has averaged 10.5 points per game, making 40 percent of his 3-pointers. Delfino said the pain grew worse in recent days after someone stepped on his hand, causing swelling there. He left Saturday’s game at halftime.


“There’s no question he’s been a guy that’s solidified a lot of stuff for us,” coach Kevin McHale said. “We can play small. He can guard fours. He’s strong. He does a lot of good stuff for us. We’re going to miss him a lot.

“It’s been bothering him. He’s been icing it and heat packing it for about a month. It kind of got to the point he couldn’t play. In the next few days we’ll see what direction it takes. Hopefully, it heals quickly.”

Linsanity keeps Lin humbled

Jeremy Lin did not recognize the anniversary of the start of Linsanity, the game against the Nets in which he scored 25 points, outplayed Deron Williams and got the opportunity that took him from obscurity to stardom. He makes sure, however, he does not forget the journey.

“Yesterday, everyone was like, ‘Oh, congrats. It’s been one year,’ ” Lin said. “I didn’t even realize it until I got a text. It’s crazy. God’s been really good to me. It’s only been one year. It seemed like so long ago. People would tweet it and stuff like that. It was cool, really cool.