WALTHAM -- Shaquille O'Neal missed his second straight practice on Monday with a knee bruise suffered late in Friday's game against the Knicks and likely won't play on Tuesday in Detroit, according to coach Doc Rivers. 

 

"I doubt if he plays [Tuesday] but we'll see," Rivers said following practice, which didn't include O'Neal. "If he has a chance [to play] he'll make the trip." 

 

Shaquille O'Neal didn't practice Sunday and it is uncertain whether he'll be ready to play Tuesday when the Celtics play at Detroit. O'Neal banged his fibula against the leg of Amar'e Stoudemire in Friday's game against the Knicks. He limped back to the locker room and didn't return. "I always have a freak injury," he said Sunday. "We’ll be all right." O'Neal said that he hopes to practice Monday and that he is taking it day by day.

 

Delonte West spoke after practice Sunday about the fight between him and Von Wafer Friday afternoon. "It’s not that serious," he said. "We’ve moved past that. We’re competitive guys. I’m competitive, he’s competitive. As long as it’s for the betterment of the team there’s nothing wrong with healthy competition and pushing each other to get better. Things went a little too far at the same time we’re ready to move past that. We’re professionals and we’re on to something different." 

 

Doc Rivers called a meeting Friday morning. The purpose was to define roles for every player on the team. Rivers thought it was necessary, even at this early point of the season.



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Already down Jermaine O'Neal with swelling in the left knee and Kendrick Perkins out for another several months, the Celtics front court suffered another potential blow on Friday night when Shaquille O'Neal left with just over five minutes remaining with a bruised right knee. 

 

O'Neal collided with Amar'e Stoudemire in the fourth quarter and left with 5:11 remaining in the contest. He did not return.

 

The Celtics capped a dramatic week with a 105-101 win over the Knicks on Friday night at the Garden behind a triple-double from Rajon Rondo, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 24 assists. The win leaves the Celtics 2-1 after the first week of the season, which also included a hyped win over Miami, a letdown loss against the Cavaliers and a locker room fight between Delonte West and Von Wafer.

 

Von Wafer tried to downplay the incident that occurred between him and Delonte West at practice Friday. "I don’t know what’s going on but you’ve got to talk to Doc [Rivers] and Danny [Ainge] about that," Wafer said before the Celtics game with the Knicks. "What happened?" Pressed further, Wafer continued to deny that an altercation took place. "I don’t know nothing about it," he said. "First time hearing about it." 

 

In speaking with the Boston Herald on Friday, Danny Ainge confirmed that Delonte West and Von Wafer were involved in an altercation during practice, but called reports suggesting that the team would release West incorrect.

 

"There was something that happened, and we're handling it internally," Ainge told the Herald. "We're happy with Delonte and Von and how they've been playing, and today was unacceptable."

Update (4:02 p.m.): Celtics GM Danny Ainge confirmed to the Boston Herald that a fight occurred, but that the team did not plan to release Delonte West. 

 

“There was something that happened, and we’re handling it internally,” Ainge told the Herald. “We’re happy with Delonte and Von and how they’ve been playing, and today was unacceptable.”

Paul Pierce joined Dale and Holley to talk about the Celtics first two games, whether he would have left Boston if Doc Rivers had not returned and the impact of Shaquille O'Neal both on, and off, the floor. "I love Shaquille in the locker room," Pierce said. "The one guy he’s making better on and off the court is Kevin [Garnett]. You can just tell with Kevin’s attitude, he’s a lot more loose than he’s ever been.