Jermaine O’Neal misses second half with sore knee

Boston Celtics center Jermaine O’Neal has been ruled out for the

second half of Monday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks

with a sore left knee.

O’Neal started and played 11 minutes in the first half,

contributing two points and three rebounds.

At halftime, a Celtics spokesman said O’Neal would not

return.

O’Neal missed a game against the New York Knicks on Oct. 29 with

the same injury, but had played in Boston’s last five games.

The Celtics were already without center Shaquille O’Neal, who

missed his fifth straight game due to a bruised right knee.