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01/13/2011 - 3:54pm
Erden groin pull adds to C's MASH unit

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. 

 

Coach Doc Rivers is concerned that surgery will likely be needed to correct the issue. "Don't know yet," Rivers said following practice Thursday. "I know he did [have] an MRI. Honestly, my guess is they're going to have to do something. So, I don't know that. I'm just using my doctorate right now. My guess is they'll probably have to do something."

 

Complicating matters is a groin pull sustained by back-up center Semih Erden, which kept him out of practice Thursday and limited the Celtics to nine healthy players. With Kevin Garnett still out with a strained right calf, Kendrick Perkins (...

01/13/2011 - 3:47pm
Pryor a DNP, while six limited for Patriots

FOXBORO — As was the case on Wednesday, the Patriots had just one player — defensive lineman Myron Pryor — miss practice. Here's the complete injury report:

Did Not Participate
DE Myron Pryor (back)

Limited Participation in Practice
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
DE Jermaine Cunningham (calf)
TE Aaron Hernandez (hip)
DE Eric Moore (hamstring)
T Sebastian Vollmer (shin)

Full Participation in Practice
CB Kyle Arrington (elbow)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder, foot)

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01/13/2011 - 3:37pm
KG practices: Doc says he's 'pretty close'

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. 

 

"He went through half the practice or more than that, actually," Rivers said. "He looked pretty good. He's not playing [Friday] but he looked pretty good. Besides just his wind, I thought his movement was very good. I want to see him another practice but he's getting close."

 

Rivers said trainer Ed Lacerte and team doctor Brian McKeon checked out Garnett and cleared him to participate in all of the contact drills and plays in practice. 

 

"That was...

01/13/2011 - 1:53pm
J. O'Neal on D&H: Surgery in future

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.

 

O'Neal has been struggling with his surgically repaired left knee the entire season, and he's been limited to 17 games. "For the most part, it's been a frustrating first part of the year," he acknowledged. "I do understand where I'm at. I understand what we're dealing with. We actually had a little evaluation this morning about something that may or may not be done to kind of just put a couple of scenarios behind me."

 

O'Neal said another meeting was scheduled for Thursday afternoon with doctors and Danny Ainge, so they can make a decision on the treatment plan. O'Neal indicated surgery definitely is in his future, but he's hoping it can wait until after the season.

 

"[Surgery] was definitely something that we talked about the first time...

01/13/2011 - 1:19pm
Rondo, Garnett passed in All-Star voting

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.

 

The Eastern Conference starters right now are: Dwyane Wade and Rose at guards, LeBron James and Stoudemire as forwards and Dwight Howard at center. The West lines up with: Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant at guard, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony at forward and Yao Ming, who is injured, at center. Final results will be announced in two weeks.

 

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