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O'Bryant's learning curve

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  October 3, 2008 07:38 AM

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Patrick O'Bryant is getting a crash course in learning to play with the Celtics.

So far, O'Bryant has been passing the tests while performing at the center position with the starting team during practice scrimmages and could be in the lineup when the Celtics meet Philadelphia in the preseason opener Wednesday in Amherst.

"I keep saying it's just a matter of practicing with them and getting things down," O'Bryant said after Thursday's workout at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. "It's getting to know what everyone wants to do, knowing what Paul Pierce wants to do coming off a screen, so you make
the right pass or whatever."

O'Bryant, a free agent signing who played for Golden State, expects to back up Kendrick Perkins (shoulder), who will miss the first two games of the preseason.

O'Bryant and Leon Powe have been alternating at center with the first team.

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