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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Celtics center Jermaine O’Neal is expected to miss two weeks with a bad wrist, and it could be a lot worse.
The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn reports O’Neal’s injury is worse than expected, and he is currently weighing a few options for the wrist.
One of those options is season-ending surgery. His others are taking a cortisone shot and seeing how the wrist responds, or having minor surgery which would give him a chance to return at some point this season.
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But with O’Neal, who missed 58 games last season and nine so far this season, you just never know. He has worked hard to come back from an array of injuries, but he just can’t seem to stay healthy for any stretch, let alone a long one.
Without O’Neal, Boston will have Kevin Garnett playing a lot more center with Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox at power forward.
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In 25 games this season, 24 starts, O’Neal averaged five points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game.