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Doc Rivers: ‘Concerned’ about Jermaine O’Neal’s knee

01.12.11 at 7:27 pm ET
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Kevin Garnett isn’t the only Celtic player who won’t be able to play Wednesday against the Kings. Jermaine O’Neal will also miss the game after his knee swelled up Wednesday morning. O’Neal missed 19 games with a knee injury, but he returned on Christmas Day and has played in the last 10 games.

O’Neal didn’t play in the second half against in a blowout win over Toronto last Friday, but he played 21 minutes against the Rockets on Monday.

“I’€™m concerned,” Doc Rivers said. “He’€™s [played three] weeks now and a practice and his knee swelled up. First of all it has to be extremely frustrating for him because he worked his butt off to get back and he was playing well. And secondly, we all have common sense. That’€™s a concern. Why is this happening? We have to figure that out.”

Without Garnett and O’Neal the frontcourt depth behind starters Glen Davis and Shaquille O’Neal is down to rookies Semih Erden and Luke Harangody. Rivers is reluctant to play the two of them together, but he may not have a choice because he doesn’t like to play Shaq more than 20 minutes or so.

“In some ways you have no choice,” Rivers said. “It is tougher but we have to do it. At the end of the day [Shaq’s] not functioning well because of the extra minutes.”

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