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Report: Powe out for season

Citing NBA sources, the Boston Globe [1] has reported Celtics [2] forward Leon Powe [3] is expected to undergo surgery on his left knee and will miss the remainder of the postseason. Powe injured his left knee during Game 2 of the Celtics-Bulls series. He left the game in the second quarter and was taken to the hospital for an MRI. Powe had recently rehabbed from a right knee injury, which he suffered in March against the Bulls.

The loss of Powe depletes the Celtics frontcourt. Already playing without Kevin Garnett [4], Powe was the first option off the bench for Glen Davis [5]. He contributed eight points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes against the Bulls in Game 1. Powe also had proven playoff experience after a breakout performance in Game 2 of the 2008 NBA Finals [6] against the Los Angeles Lakers [7]. He is a free agent after this season.

Update: Doc Rivers [8] told reporters Powe has suffered a torn ACL. From Celtics.com [9]:

“He played 3 minutes with a torn ACL on the floor, says so much about Leon Powe the person. Forget the playoffs and all that stuff. That’s just a tough injury for a kid who’s done everything right. That just makes no sense.”