If the Celtics needed a nudge to create the perennial look-out-for-boston aspect to the NBA playoffs, they got it: Charlie Svott has the green light.

Dr. Thomas Silva, team physician, said the two bones the sharp-shooting guard broke in his left forearm Jan. 12 and which have been held together by a metal plate, have healed. The onetime Tar Heel flash joined practice yesterday and coach Tom Heinsohn said Scott will play against Philadelphia in Boston Garden on Sunday when the regular season turns into its final week. "Most likely," said Heinsohn, "we'll use him on the pressing team as a start, to push him a little bit" . . .

What's all this about Albert King, the baaad Brooklyn basketballer in town for Thursday's Capital Classic, having narrowed his choice of college to UCLA, North Carolina and Maryland? The word from the Sunflower State is that King "has reportedly cut his list of prospective schools to three: UCLA, North Carolina and Kansas State."

Here's Brooks Robinson preparing for another Oriole opener if all's well, and his old across-the-diamond pal, Boog Powell, out of work. The Cleveland Indians put first baseman Powell, 35, on waivers yesterday. Ater all those pennant years in Baltimore as a one-two long-ball punch with Frank Robinson - the Tribe manager who now is letting him go - he had a fine first year with Cleveland in 1975, 297 and 27 homers, but slipped to .215 with nine HR in an injury-plagued 1976. This spring, F. Robby asked the big guy to report at 250 pounds and he showed up at 264 . . .

After discussing it by phone with his brothers, including Ralph Geiberger of Washington, golf's Al Geiberger has decided to defend his Greater Greensboro Open title, starting today, despite the death of his father in the Canary Islands aviation disaster. "They reminded me that Dad would have wanted me to play, no matter what," said Geiberger.

This is the week the women golfers outearn the men, with a $305,000 purse in the Dinah Shore Winners Circle event starting today at Mission Hills CC. Palm Springs, Calif., against the GGO's $235,000 for the men. Geiberger needs only $876, though, to become the game's 13th $1 million winner . . . Frank Ryan evidently is walking into a buzz saw when he takes over a Yale athletic director. Judy Dixon, women's tennis coach for the Elis (Elizas?), quit yesterday and sued Yale for alleged sex discrimination. While she was filing in federal court, HEW investigators were in New Haven looking into complaints from 15 Yale women students. Ms. Dixon complained that her basic salary as assistant to the athletic director is $14,500, same as men's tennis coach Steve Griggs', but she's in her fourth year and he only in his second - and her separate coaching pay was $6,700 to Griggs' $7,250. She said she has taken a job with a sporting goods firm at twice her Yale salary.

Poor John McKay. After suffering through 0-14 in his maiden pro coaching season and cinching the No. 1 NFL draft pick that he reserved from go for his star at USC, Ricky Bell, his Tampa Bay front office may cancel said reservation. Ron Wolf, Buc vice president, is said to be willing to swap the No. 1 draft slot to Cleveland for vet quarterback Mike Phipps - and Tampa Bay owner Hugh Culverhouse lent the report credence by huddling with Art Modell, Browns owner, at the Phoenix meeting. Said McKay, "They're out there and it's whatever they decide. But as for me, I would be opposed to giving our first choice this year for Phipps" . . .