Celtics guard Marquis Daniels was sent to New England Baptist Hospital with a neck injury after he fell to the ground on a drive to the basket in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Magic at TD Garden. 

 

As expected, Shaquille O'Neal won't play against the Magic Sunday and Doc Rovers acknowleged that it's not looking for Monday's game against the Bobcats, either. It may be even longer than that for O'Neal who has missed the last two games with an Achilles injury. "He’s not going to be out a long time, but I don’t think he’ll be back today, tomorrow or maybe until we go on break," Rivers said. "We’re going to need him in the playoffs and we want him to be right and healthy.

The NBA has decided not to slap Kevin Garnett with any further punishment after Friday night’s game with the Mavericks, according to a league rep. Garnett was assessed a technical foul after a play in which he was fouled by the Mavs’ J.J. Barea. In the ensuing scuffle, Garnett shoved aside referee Eric Lewis who had stepped between them. The NBA did upgrade a Garnett personal foul from late in the second quarter to a flagrant-1.

Ray Allen told reporters Friday night that he ahd agreed to participate in the 3-point shootout as part of All-Star weekend. The official lineup has not been announced by the NBA, but it is expected that one of Allen's competitors will be defending champ, Paul Pierce. Allen won the title back in 2001 and has made five appearances over the years, but not since 2006.

 

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In his latest After the Buzzer column, Yahoo columnist Marc Spears writes that a source expects the Heat to make a run at Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, who will be a free agent after this season. That would make sense for the Heat, who lack a big man complement to Chris Bosh on their frontline. However, under the current rules Miami would only be able to offer the mid-level exception.

 

There was a great deal of irony in the game-winning 3-point shot delivered by Jason Kidd with 2.5 seconds remaining, a shot that highlighted a stunning Mavericks' comeback in a 101-97 win over the Celtics Friday night at TD Garden. The shot was made by the man ranked third on the all-time 3-point field goal list and it came with Ray Allen, No. 2 on that list, guarding him. 

 

There are some losses that reveal a deeper meaning. A hidden truth, perhaps. Or maybe a loss exposes a closely-held flaw that suddenly blossoms into a full-scale problem.



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Celtics' general manager Danny Ainge announced after his team's 101-97 loss to the Mavericks Friday night that center/forward Jermaine O'Neal went arthroscopic surgery on his left knee earlier in the day and will be out of games an estimated 6-8 weeks.

 

"Surgery went fine and we're hoping that helps alleviates the swelling he was getting with extra activity," Ainge said.

 

In his first blog post in more than 10 days on his shoe company's website, Celtics All-Star forward Kevin Garnett provided a different perspective on the apparent low blow he issued on Channing Frye that got him ejected from last week's loss to the Suns.

 

Jason Kidd drilled a straightaway 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining to give Dallas the lead, as the Mavericks stunned the Celtics, 101-97, Friday night at TD Garden for their seventh straight win. Rajon Rondo's alley-oop to Kevin Garnett sailed out of bounds to end Boston's hopes. Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter. The Celtics had a 95-89 lead with just over three minutes left before Dallas ended the game with a 12-2 run.