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Source: Daniels to miss roughly 8 weeks

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  December 9, 2009 01:38 PM

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The Celtics are offering no formal timeframe on the return of swingman Marquis Daniels, but according to a basketball source, the club is not expecting Daniels back until some time in February.

Translation: Daniels will miss somewhere in the neighborhood of eight weeks depending on he recovers from surgery to repair a ligament injury in his thumb. Daniels underwent successful surgery this morning at New England Baptist Hospital to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, the Celtics announced today.

Daniels said he noticed the problem during the Celtics’ visit to Indiana last month, and he aggravated the injury in practice earlier this week. Last night's game against the Bucks is the first Daniels has missed with the injury.

Entering this season, of course, health was a critical issue for the Celtics, though much of the team’s concerns centered on older players like Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Thus far, the team’s most notable injuries have felled Glen "Big Baby" Davis and now Daniels, who generally has been nagged by injuries over the last few seasons.

Daniels has appeared in 19 games for the Celtics averaging 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Tony Allen, who returned to game action last night, will likely see more time in Daniels's absence.

Following the surgery, Daniels had this to say on his Twitter account this morning: "Thanx 4 everyones prayers my surgery went well, I'll be back better than before I had been, I'd like to say thanks to all dat prayed 4me."

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