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01/22/2011 - 7:27pm
Semih steps in: Erden starts with Shaq out

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. With Jermaine O'Neal also sidelined and Kendrick Perkins working his way back from his ACL repair, Rivers said that the Celtics were prepared to turn to Erden for the "next couple of games."

 

In 30 minutes on Friday, the Turkish rookie scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The seven-footer is averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 boards in 14.5 minutes per night this year. Shaquille O'Neal is averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 boards in 21.3 minutes per night while shooting a career-high 67.7...

01/22/2011 - 6:50pm
Savard (head) won't travel with B's to LA
By: DJ Bean

 Bruins center Marc Savard will return to Boston for tests after a hit from Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick caused him to leave Saturday's game with a head injury. The team is traveling to Los Angeles on Saturday in anticipation of Monday's game against the Kings.

 

"He's going to be headed back home," Claude Julien told NESN's Naoko Funayama following the team's 6-2 win. "He got shook up obviously, and for precautionary reasons, were going to send him back home to get evaluated by our own doctors." 

 

Savard fell to the ice following the hit, as his head appeared to hit to the boards. Savard missed the first 23 games of the season with post-concussion syndrome. 

 

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01/22/2011 - 6:35pm
Marchand's four points lead B's over Avs
By: DJ Bean

 Four Bruins goals in the first two periods both chased Colorado netminder Craig Anderson from the game and helped the team to a 6-2 victory on Saturday.

 

Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi had four and three-point showings, respectively, while linemate Patrice Bergeron also scored and had an assist. Milan Lucic had two goals for the B's, and with David Krejci's two assists on the day, five different Bruins had multi-point showings.

 

The Avalanche jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind an odd Paul Stastny goal at 2:00 of the first that bounced off of Dennis Seidenberg, but the B's scored four unanswered goals to end Anderson's day after 40 minutes. Peter Budaj took over in the third, allowing Bergeron's goal.

 

Marc Savard took a hit from former Bruin Matt Hunwick in the corner in the second period and left the game with a head injury. He held a towel to his face as he skated off the ice.

 

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01/22/2011 - 5:35pm
Savard leaves game with head injury
By: DJ Bean

Bruins center Marc Savard will not return to Saturday's game after taking a hit in the corner during the second period from Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick. Following the hit, Savard fell to the ice, holding his head before trainer Don DelNegro came to his aid. 

 

Savard missed the first 23 games of this season due to post-concussion syndrome, the result of a hit he took March 7 of last season from Penguins forward Matt Cooke.

 

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01/21/2011 - 11:57pm
Doc: Shaq might be out 'couple of games'

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.

 

"We're going to need him probably the next couple of games," Rivers said of Erden. "I think it's his hip. Something locked up. We'll just have to see how long that will be."

 

Initially, the team announced the injury as a sore right leg. O'Neal slipped on the ice outside the Waltham practice facility and missed practice on Sunday. Rivers said he didn't think the injury was related to that or his dive into the stands after fouling Raja Bell on a lay-up four minutes into the game. 

 

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