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Initially hesitant to throw Jermaine O'Neal back into action so quickly, Celtics coach Doc Rivers is ready to possibly play O'Neal tomorrow night against the Spurs after seeing the 32-year-old big man run successfully through his first practice since arthroscopic knee surgery in January.

"I thought his quickness and his activity [were surprising]," Rivers said. "He didn't surprise me where he didn't pick up some stuff. I don't blame him for that, but I was happy. I was very happy with it."

Rivers said he'll let O'Neal's wind dictate how much he plays.

"I think his lungs will be a good limitation for him," Rivers said. "He'll get tired quickly tomorrow."
If Jermaine shows the ability to remain uninjured, he should end up the team's #1 center option. This is a good first step.

JR 3/30/2011 04:46:00 PM Edit
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6 Responses so far.

  1. Go Jermaine! Don't break a finger nail!

  2. Bohemian says:

    It's good news. He is a very good shot blocker and a defensive upgrade over Nenad and Baby at the Center position. Let's hope he can also add something offensively and...stay healthy! :)

  3. tb727 says:

    He should've waited until 5 games left to play, so he wouldn't get injured again lol.

  4. samcg says:

    this is great! He should start.

  5. Keith Peckerhead says:

    Alright baby, time to show what you're worth- neutralize Gasol and Noah!

  6. Jay says:

    Anything that moves Krstic down in the rotation and keep him off the floor is positive.

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