Shaquille O'Neal played a season-high 35 minutes, scoring 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting, leading the Celtics to a 99-94 win over Charlotte Friday night at TD Garden. After the game, O'Neal said he wasn't motivated by Rivers pre-game jab that the 38-year-old center is day-to-day because "he's old as hell."

 

Rajon Rondo fell just four rebounds shy of another triple-double while Shaquille O'Neal scored a game-high 23 points as the Celtics held off the Charlotte Bobcats, 99-94, Friday night at TD Garden. The Celtics were very effective from long distance, draining 8-of-19 from beyond the arc. 

 

Jermaine O'Neal has already met with the Celtics medical staff and he will meet with another doctor Monday to have a second opinion on whether he should have surgery on his knee. O'Neal said he will make an announcement on Tuesday. If he does have surgery it would likely keep him out until the end of the regular season. That, in turn, would make it very difficult for him to return for the playoffs.

 

The Celtics officially assigned rookie guard Avery Bradley to their D-League affiliate in Maine on Friday. The move allows Bradley to get some minutes in games and practice. With Rajon Rondo back from injury, Bradley has played only twice in the last eight games, compiling a total of four minutes played. The move does not open a roster spot for the Celtics. Players assigned to the D-League still count on the roster and the Celtics have the maximum 15 players under contract.

 

WALTHAM -- The Celtics received more discouraging news on the injury front as two more front-court players are dealing with injuries that could keep them sidelined indefinitely. Jermaine O'Neal had an MRI Thursday on his sore left knee that acted up in the second half of Monday's game against Houston. 

 

WALTHAM --  In a sign that he is close to returning to game action, Kevin Garnett took part in contact practice with the Celtics on Thursday for the first time since straining his right calf against Detroit on Dec. 29. Coach Doc Rivers said that Garnett participated in a little more than half the practice, going through plays and running up and down the court but ruled him out of Friday's home game against Charlotte. 

 

Celtics big man Jermaine O'Neal checked in with the Dale & Holley show Thursday as part of the show's Celtic of the Week interview series.

 

Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett have been passed by Derrick Rose and Amar'e Stoudemire, respectively, in the latest round of All-Star voting numbers released by the league. Rondo and Garnett have had slim leads over their conuterparts since the returns started coming in, but Rose and Stoudemire have been making steady gains each week.

 

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning, following Wednesday's night's 119-95 rout of the Kings.

 

The news Wednesday from the Celtics, other than their 119-95 blowout win over the Kings (click here for a full recap), was that Kevin Garnett would probably miss another gam



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