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Boston Celtics Notes - December 7

The Celtics were apparently pretty shorthanded at practice today, as, according to Chris Forsberg's Twitter, in addition to Delonte West, Jermaine O'Neal, and Kendrick Perkins being out due to injury, the club was without Shaquille O'Neal (I assume because of his right calf, which kept him out of the second half of Sunday's win), Glen Davis (illness), and Nate Robinson (family matter). Rajon Rondo also missed the session due to his sore left hamstring.

Here's what Doc Rivers had to say regarding Rondo

"I just leave it up to Eddie (Lacerte)," said Rivers. "[An extended break] may come at some point. I don't think it's a bad suggestion. It's been suggested already, I can tell you that. Eddie knows when it's close enough to play."

My first thought upon reading that Davis was sick was that I sincerely hope this doesn't turn into something compared to what the Orlando Magic recently went through. A stomach virus swept through that team, causing Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Dwight Howard, and Mickael Pietrus to all miss a December 3rd game against the Detroit Pistons

The statuses of Davis, Shaq, and Robinson for tomorrow night's game against the Denver Nuggets are uncertain at this point. 

Forsberg also has this video of Jermaine O'Neal working out after practice. He's sporting a pretty heavy brace/sleeve over the left knee, but, for the most part, he appears to be moving pretty well. Mobility and lift seemed to be his two primary issues right before he decided to shut things down a little less than a month ago, so it's nice seeing him cutting and what not. 

The quick right-handed dribble, followed immediately by a between-the-legs dribble to his left hand for a short jump shot at the four-second mark was especially encouraging. 

I realize I'm only basing this assessment off of 23 seconds of video, but the knee doesn't appear to be limiting or constricting his movements in any way, and he doesn't appear to be laboring, which is nice to see. 

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