BOSTON (CBS) – Gerald Wallace’s season is likely over.
An MRI on Friday revealed the Celtics forward has a torn meniscus, and will likely require season-ending surgery.
Head coach Brad Stevens said Friday that Wallace had been playing through pain for some time, with The Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy Tweeting that the swingman was playing through bone spurs in his ankle as well.
Wallace, who was acquired in Boston’s summer blockbuster trade with the Brooklyn Nets, averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 58 games for Boston this season, including 16 starts. Though the Celtics sit at just 20-36 for the season, Wallace was a solid veteran presence who played hard no matter what it said on the scoreboard, showing Celtics fans why he earned the nickname “Crash.”
Wallace joins a long list of injured Celtics that already includes guard Avery Bradley (sidelined with an ankle injury) and forward Jared Sullinger (mild concussion). Rookie Kelly Olynyk also missed Boston’s win over the Hawks on Wednesday with a sprained toe.
Stevens also announced on Friday that center Vitor Faverani, who hasn’t played in the NBA since late January, may need surgery for a knee injury.
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