|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM|
Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal had his left hamstring tighten up on him late in the third quarter and did not return to action. Rivers noted after the game that trainer Eddie Lacerte said it would be best if O'Neal didn't have to go back in and Rivers made the decision at that moment not to reinsert him. Rivers said the team will "see what [O'Neal] can give us" on Monday when the teams meet again in Boston. Coming off perhaps his best outing in a Boston uniform in Friday's win over the Pistons, O'Neal chipped in eight points and three rebounds over 23 minutes on Sunday. He missed 58 games last season due to knee woes and sat out time in training camp that year because of initial hamstring issues. A thin-on-centers Celtics squad can ill afford for O'Neal to miss time and, more importantly, O'Neal needs to stay healthy to maintain his confidence and rhythm.
Oh,boy. Please be okay. This is something that's not needed. Especially since Pierce is back,and JO has been on a role. Well Bass will need to step it up.