According to multiple reports, Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal will miss Wednesday's game against the Knicks with a right calf injury.


O'Neal, averaging 11.2 points and 6.4 rebounds this season, has missed the last two games with the injury. It is unknown if he will miss Thursday's game vs. Atlanta. It is believed that Semih Erden will stay in the starting lineup against a Knicks team that features Amare Stoudemire at center.


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True to form, the Celtics weren’t exactly ready to play along with the hype heading into Wednesday’s game with the red-hot Knicks at Madison Square Garden.



WALTHAM -- Shaquille O'Neal said before Tuesday's practice that his sore right calf is "getting better" and is optimistic that he will be ready for Wednesday night's game at Madison Square Garden against Amare Stoudemire and the New York Knicks. 


"I'm doing better," said O'Neal, who worked out on the side and in the weight room Tuesday but did not practice. "My calf juices are getting back up there. I'll be alright."


WALTHAM -- Both teams may be on extended winning streaks and both teams may have rich basketball traditions but Celtics captain Paul Pierce said Tuesday that doesn't mean the Celtics and Knicks have revived the old rivalry between the two cities.


"It's a rivalry? You [media] let me in on all the new stuff," Pierce said. "I didn't know we had a rivalry going."


Here’s the frightening thing for the rest of the NBA: The Celtics played one of their worst offensive games of the season, without their top three centers and still won by 31 points on the road.



It wasn't pretty, but the Celtics won their 10th straight game with a 93-62 victory in Charlotte over the Bobcats Saturday night. The Celtics shot just 43 percent, but they held the Bobcats to 33 percent and forced 21 turnovers. The Bobcats scored 32 points in the first half and just 0 in the second half.

Shaquille O'Neal will not play for the Celtics against the Bobcats Saturday night in Charlotte, Doc Rivers told reporters after the team's shootaround. Rookie Semih Erden will start in his place. Rivers is hopeful that Shaq will be able to play in the Celtics next game, which is Wednesday night in New York.


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Rajon Rondo fed Kevin Garnett for an alley-oop layup with 1.4 second remaining, and Garnett stole the ensuing pass to give the Celtics their ninth straight win -- a 102-101 victory over the 76ers in Philadelphia.


It’s so simple, really. The Celtics starting five is very good at what they do, maybe better than everyone else, or at least as good as any other combination in the league.



Kevin Garnett approached Nuggets coach and cancer survivor George Karl following Wednesday's game at TD Garden and told him that he meant no offense in the wake of his comments about Charlie Villanueva on Nov. 2 in Detroit. After the Celtics beat the Pistons, Villaneuva, who is bald, accused Garnett of calling him someone who "looked like a cancer patient" during the game.