There hasn’t been much to worry about with the Celtics this season, even with all the injuries. One way or another they have managed to patch up the lineup with a Semih Erden here or a Luke Harangody there and continue to roll right along.



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WALTHAM -- Saturday night's loss to the lowly Washington Wizards was just latest bad loss in a season filled with plenty of wins, according to Doc Rivers. The Celtics coach was asked to explain how his team could lose to a team like the Wizards, which came in with just 13 wins. 

 

WALTHAM - Doc Rivers said it's likely that Shaquille O'Neal will miss his second straight game on Tuesday night with a sore right hip. But the Celtics coach added after O'Neal missed practice on Monday that there's a chance the 38-year-old center could miss the upcoming four-game West Coast trip to Portland, Phoenix, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Sacramento. 

 

"Probably will not play [Tuesday] and maybe [return] on West Coast trip but he may miss that trip." Rivers said Monday. "We don't know yet."

 

Wizards rookie John Wall banked in a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with less than a minute left to break an 81-81 tie and help propel his team to a surprising 85-83 victory over the Celtics. Wall finished with 16 points — pouring in eight in the fourth quarter — while Rashard Lewis, long a source of frustration for the Celtics as a member of the Magic, continued to create headaches for Boston, scoring a game-high 18 and pulling in 11 boards.

 

With Shaquille O'Neal unable to play due to a hip injury he incurred on Friday, the Celtics will feature Semih Erden as their starting center on Saturday night against the Wizards. After the Celtics' victory over the Jazz on Friday, coach Doc Rivers said that O'Neal would not be taking the trip to Washington.

There are times when Glen Davis wants it all and he wants it now. In a perfect world he’d be a starting power forward, getting 10-15 shots a game and putting up big numbers.



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Shaquille O'Neal did not make the trip with the team to Washington Friday night and will likely will miss the next two games for the Celtics after suffering what was termed a sore right hip in the first half of the team's win over the Jazz at TD Garden. He played just six minutes, 19 seconds before being subbed by Semih Erden, who scored a season-high 14 points off the bench in 30 minutes.

 

Kevin Garnett was back in form with 21 points while Paul Pierce hit his first four shots from the field and finished with 20 as the Celtics raced out to an 18-point halftime lead and never looked back in a 110-86 win over the Jazz Friday night at TD Garden. In winning their fifth straight, the Celtics forced 21 turnovers and improved an Eastern Conference-best 33-9. They are also a season-best 24 games over .500. 

 

Celtics president Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly visit and touched on a number of topics, including injury updates for Marquis Daniels and Jermaine O'Neal.

 

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show for his weekly Thursday visit and talked about the win over the Pistons, trash talk coming from Orlando, and the impact of Shaquille O'Neal. "He woke up young yesterday," Rivers said. "It was nice. We needed it. We don't win that game without Shaq's energy."