Boston C O’Neal out with tight hamstring
Boston center Jermaine O’Neal was sidelined Monday night because
of a tight left hamstring.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the club’s trainer suggested
O’Neal sit out the game against Washington. Rivers said he might be
able to play against New Jersey on Wednesday.
”It’s not bad,” Rivers said. ”With the hamstring you don’t
want to take any chances. With today and tomorrow, he might be able
to play the next game.”
The 6-foot-11 O’Neal was injured in Sunday’s win at
Last season he was hampered by left knee and left wrist injuries
that limited him to 24 regular season games last season. He played
in each of the team’s first five games, averaging seven points and
nearly 3.8 rebounds.
Rookie center Greg Stiemsma made his first start in O’Neal’s
”We’re just trying to protect him by starting him with the four
best players,” Rivers said.
Celtics reserve forward-center Chris Wilcox was back in uniform
after missing the last three games with a bruised left