After missing five games with an injured knee, Shaquille O'Neal returned to the Celtics lineup and started at center against the Heat, Thursday. Shaq took the place of Jermaine O'Neal, who dressed, but isn't likely to play. Jermaine O'Neal told reporters in Miami that he was going to get a second opinion on his injured left knee.

 

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In the latest edition of the WEEI.com NBA Power Rankings, the Lakers remain in the top spot (despite coach Phil Jackson's recent proclamation that the team isn't as good as the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who won an NBA-record 72 games). However, the Celtics were passed for the second spot by the New Orleans Hornets, who are off to a perfect 7-0 start.

 

Celtics executive president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that the health of centers Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal had become something of a concern. Shaquille O'Neal has missed the last five games while recovering from a bruised right knee, while Jermaine O'Neal was sidelined in the second half of this week's contest against the Mavericks due to a left knee injury.

 

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah appeared on ESPN Radio in Chicago on Wednesday and was asked about Kevin Garnett. Noah called Garnett a "dirty player" after the Celtics forward was suspended for throwing an elbow at Quentin Richardson during last season's playoffs.

 

Judging by his comments Wednesday, Noah's opinion of Garnett has not seemed to change.

 

When last we saw the Miami Heat, they were a team taking stock of themselves after an opening night pounding against the Celtics. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” LeBron James said after the game. Generic clichés aside, King James had a point, even if most of the world would like to see him make like Nero and fiddle away while the burgeoning empire burns.



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The Celtics came all the way back from a 14-point first-half deficit to grab a five-point lead in the final two minutes, only to see their effort go for naught when the Mavericks closed on a 7-0 run to send Boston to an 89-87 loss. Dirk Nowitzki's 16-foot jumper from the wing with 17 seconds left broke a tie, and the Celtics came up short when Kevin Garnett's turnaround jumper from the corner as time expired fell well short of the bucket.

 

According to reports out of Dallas, Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal is expected to sit out the second half of Monday's game against the Mavericks due to ongoing discomfort with his left knee. O'Neal was 1-for-6 with three offensive boards over 11 first-half minutes, before the knee forced him to the bench. O'Neal already missed a game on Oct. 29 due to discomfort in the same knee.

 

O'Neal is averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 boards in 19 minutes per night.

 

As the young and energetic Oklahoma City Thunder sliced what had been a three-touchdown lead down to scraps, Doc Rivers put the game in the hands of



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The Celtics have now won five straight games and six of their first seven, after beating Oklahoma City, 92-83 to start their road trip. Ray Allen scored 19 points, Paul Pierce added 17 and Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 10 rebounds, but the stars of the night where the reserves who outdcored their OKC counterparts, 33-12 and held off a fourth quarter rally.

 

Derrick Rose had the ball at the top of the key isolated on Rajon Rondo. Tie game, shot clock turned off, the whole game in his hands.



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