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Celtics center Nenad Krstic leaves game with knee injury

Mar 31, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

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UPDATE 11:51 pm: The Celtics announced that Krstic will undergo an MRI on his knee on Saturday, after the Celtics return to Boston.

You can count him out for Friday night’s game against the Hawks in Atlanta for sure, as well as Sunday against Detroit. Somewhere in between there we should learn how long he will be out.

7:53 pm: The last thing the Celtics could afford was to lose another center, but that may well be what has happened.

Nenad Krstic’s knee gave out and bent awkwardly when he planted as he ran down the lane in the second quarter. There was no meaningful contact, it was something where his right knee gave out on a cut.

Krstic limped off the court and did not return for the second half.

Officially, the Celtics are calling it a “right knee injury.” However, David Aldridge on TNT spoke to Celtics coach Doc Rivers and relayed this quote:

“We do not know for sure but it does not look good.”

Krstic came to the Celtics as part of the controversial Kendrick Perkins trade and has been pushed into a starting role due to injuries to Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal. Jermaine returned to the Celtics from knee surgery Thursday but his minutes are limited. Shaquille O’Neal will be back sometime between Sunday and the end of the season, depending on who you ask.

If this injury is as severe as it looked when it happened it would hamper what might well have been a center-by-committee approach by the Celtics in the playoffs.

  1. purdueman - Mar 31, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    The story got sanitized by the media. When Krstic went down, rumor has it that he was CLEARLY heard to blurt out: “Oh my fuc&ing knee!”, then grabbed his knee half way hunched over and danced around doing a little ditty to the delight of the crowd (who didn’t realize that he was hurt and thought that he was auditioning for Dancing With the Stars!).

    • mytthor - Mar 31, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      Yes because it’s so very important to the story that he cussed about his knee. If the media did their job, we wouldn’t be sitting here thinking that knee injuries felt good, often making the injured player say “interesting feeling.”

      • purdueman - Mar 31, 2011 at 10:55 PM

        mytt… you make a great point, but it was his previously undiscovered talent for dancing around that was the real story that the media buried! Jealousy is a terrible thing!

  2. oumoonunit - Mar 31, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    The pride of Serbia!!!!!NO!!!!!!!Smrt u Grcki jezik!!!!!!!

  3. andyhr17 - Apr 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Hey, they’re Even Steven. The same game they finally get JO back, Krstic goes out with a knee injury. My guess is that the game Shaq comes back, JO blows out his knee.

    • hnirobert3 - Apr 1, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      Impossible to blow out your knee when you’re dead.

    • purdueman - Apr 1, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      The Celtics should spin off from the current NBA as we know it and start up an NBA Senior League for the aged, infirm and retired basketball players out there.

      • andyhr17 - Apr 1, 2011 at 4:43 PM

        What’s it say about all of the other teams in the league when the Celtics can go to the finals 2 out of the last three years, and be 1 quarter away from winning it all in both of those appearances? Call them old, call them on the verge of retirement….they’re still likely a better team than who you root for…..and I’m sure they are fine with you hating them for that.

      • purdueman - Apr 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM

        hey andyhr (and everyone else reading this)… did you know that Joe Montana NEVER lost three consecutive one and done playoff games during his entire NFL career? Guess that Tom “The next Joe Montana” Brady just doesn’t measure up to classy Joe, huh? (LOL!)

    • purdueman - Apr 1, 2011 at 8:08 PM

      andyhr… ya, we know all about Boston fan all right… we’ve seen it over and over and over again no matter what Boston team you care to bring up. It’s called “living in the past”.

      not that it matters, but the team that I root for I’ve rooted for for several decades through the down years as well as the up years, and fortunately my team is on an up year and pinning their hopes on a 39 year old broken down has been of a center. Good luck with that! Your Celtics will need it!

  4. ibejeph - Apr 1, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    I hope everything is OK with his knee. Nenad already suffered a pretty bad knee injury before. It took him a while to work back into an NBA roster. I hope it is just something minor.

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