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Celtics’ Gerald Wallace has torn meniscus, likely done for season

Feb 28, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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Gerald Wallace, who brought a declining game but genuine nightly effort to the Celtics, has a torn meniscus and is likely done for the season.

That is what coach Brad Stevens announced Friday, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of Stevens said Wallace had been playing through pain for some time and an MRI discovered the tear. Wallace also may have ankle surgery to repair bone spurs that have developed there.

There is no timetable on Wallace’s return, however we are talking multiple surgeries here. With six weeks left in the regular season there is little to no chance he returns until training camp next season.

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Wallace had been playing a heavy load of minutes lately — in his last 10 games he has averaged just shy of 30 minutes a night, providing 7.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. He has a PER of 10.1 this season. While his skills may be deteriorating Crash went out nightly and played hard, living up to his nickname and giving young players a model of how a professional competes.

That doesn’t mean he is worth the $20.2 million over two seasons left on his current contract. Danny Ainge tried to move him at the deadline but I imagine most other GMs tried to contain their laughter when Ainge brought Wallace up. He’s Boston’s guy for a while (they could use the stretch provision on him but that just prolongs the pain, no real need to do that unless you need his cap space for a big target that has agreed to come).

While we’re talking Boston here are the other injury updates: Jared Sullinger could play Saturday if doctors clear him after concussion; Avery Bradley will be re-evaluated next week but is getting closer; and Vitor Faverani could require knee surgery.

  1. wspellissy - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    He sucked

  2. cruzan80 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    WTH happened to this guy??? It feels like he went from beast to straight garbage over night……

    • adoombray - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Yeah, that whole “bringing veteran presence” stuff is a joke. I live in Boston ; everytime i watched him play the rest of the team would look at him like “are they seriously playing this guy again?” His teammates didn’t have any respect for him because he has no game. Beyond absolutely everything else in basketball, you must be able to play the game well or nobody cares what you have to say.

      Wallace was the bad contract that the Nets packaged to make the money work on the KG trade, that’s it. The Celtics are tanking so hard right now they aren’t bothering to play Rondo on back to backs and literally just need bodies out there to get through the season. If the team was trying even a little bit he would be the 12th man.

    • bougin89 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Crash was an athletic wing that was effective because of his rebounding and defense. He was never a great scorer from the perimeter. Now he’s not quick and can’t jump nearly like he used to.

      He never had enough skill to be effective without being a great athlete. Now he’s not a great athlete.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Bummer. You gotta admire someone who gives the effort, night in and night out on this kind of team.

  4. sportsnut101 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    He is so overrated yes he plays hard i give him that
    but to be traded for 1st rd picks so many times it has to be record
    Might as well offer him buy out next yr 14mill to go away save them 6

  5. nadoinspincity - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    A big hit on the Celtics. Its going to be much harder to tank, and still pretend to be competitive without Wallace playing 25 minutes game. Rough loss.

  6. Kansachusetts - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Wallace is taking unfair criticism from people who seem to enjoy knocking others. He worked his tail off for Boston, regardless of his skills and his playing time, and he was the deciding factor in several games. He will be missed.

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