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Celtics Jermaine O’Neal had minor “procedure” on his knee during season

Nov 8, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT


Jermaine O’Neal played 21 minutes for the Celtics in their win over the Thunder. He pulled down nine boards but shot just 1-for-5.

He has not moved well this season and admitted to Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sports New England that he had a “minor procedure” done on his sore left knee. During the season. Which is not good.

“It’s just one of those situations, you’re going to be banged up,” O’Neal said.

Even after the procedure, O’Neal said the knee is still in a lot of pain.

”That’s why I’m looking forward to just making it through this next game,” O’Neal told “After Dallas, we got a few days in between before we play Miami (on Thursday). That’ll do my knee a lot of good.”

Boston remains without Shaquille O’Neal (bruised knee), who along with Jermaine was expected to provide depth along the front line while Kendrick Perkins recovers from offseason surgery (think after the new year). It is possible the Celtics would be without all three Monday night, although Shaq is expected back later in the week and Jermaine sounded like he could go if needed.

  1. thestudiokida - Nov 8, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Here’s something nobody has said aloud: maybe Kendrick Perkins won’t come back this season. NBA players never seem the same the year after a major knee injury and Boston may not need him. He may be a competent defender but on offense he commits a turnover 20% of the time that he touches the ball. If Shaq is healthy I’d expect him to remain the starter.

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