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Jermaine O'Neal To See Specialist

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The injury news doesn't sound any better on Jermaine O'Neal.

O'Neal to see hand specialist in Boston - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal, who aggravated a left wrist injury last Monday in Dallas, remained in Boston on Monday while the rest of his teammates trekked to Cleveland in advance of opening the second half of the 2011-12 season Tuesday night against the Cavaliers. O'Neal is expected to meet with team physical Dr. Brian McKeon and a hand specialist on Tuesday, according to the team.

Now, in seeking the advice of a specialist, it would appear that O'Neal is seeking a way to stay on the floor and avoid the sort of surgery he feared this offseason (at the time, it was suggested he would need four months to recover).

If he can avoid surgery and play, I still believe he can help us. But those are big "if" statements. On the other hand (pun sort of intended), if he's going to keep missing time, I'm all in favor of trading his expiring contract for someone that can help now and in the next few years. In fact, if we can get a center, I'd trade him healthy or not. It remains to be seen if we can get anything for him though.

The good news is that Wilcox and Bass appear to be ready to go after the break.