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No surgery for Jermaine O’Neal, but another month of sitting

Jan 20, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

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After a day of doctors and an MRI, there was the old good news/bad news thing for Jermaine O’Neal.

The good news: no surgery needed.

The bad news: Another month on the shelf.

O’Neal will be out another month before he can return to the Celtics lineup, Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the media Wednesday. O’Neal has already missed 19 games this season because of that knee.

It’s the cautious approach, but that’s been the Celtics way with injury. They will need O’Neal and the depth he gives them up front in May more than January, so they will be patient.

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