BOSTON (CBS) – Celtics center Nenad Krstic did not travel with the team to Atlanta for Friday nights game with the Hawks, instead heading back to Boston for an MRI on his injured right knee.
Krstic will undergo the MRI on Saturday. He left the Celtics 107-97 win over the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night after injuring his right knee. There was no contact on the play, but Krstic’s knee bent awkwardly.
Krstic, acquired by the Celtics in the Kendrick Perkins trade, averaged 9.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in just over 25 minutes per game.
The last thing the Celtics need is another injured center. Shaquille O’Neal is still sidelined with an Achilles injury and other foot issues, but the team is hopeful he can return soon.
Jermaine O’Neal returned Thursday night after undergoing mid-season arthroscopic knee surgery. He played 11 minutes off the bench scoring five points with one rebound and played very well on the defense end.