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Jermaine O'Neal will see New York specialist

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  November 15, 2010 08:30 PM

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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday he expects Jermaine O'Neal will miss 2-3 weeks with a sore left knee. An MRI taken in Miami did not reveal the need for surgery, so O'Neal is expected to rest and rehab until he is healthy.

O'Neal's agent, Bob Myers, said the next step will be at least an evaluation from noted orthopaedic surgeon Dr. David Altchek, the team physician of the New York Mets and medical consultant for the NBA. Images of O'Neal's knee will be sent to Altchek and the center could also visit the doctor in New York.

"I think at this point, he’s going through a couple of evaluations and we’re collecting information right now and it’s to be determined," Myers said Monday. "The issue is more him listening to his body."

When asked if the injury is serious, Myers said. "Not at this point. Nobody is using that term."

"I will go along with what Doc said," Myers said. "We are at the point where we're gathering information and figuring out a game plan."

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