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Welcome to TD Garden; Jermaine O'Neal out

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  January 2, 2012 06:52 PM

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The Celtics return home after a solid 94-86 win last night over the Washington Wizards to face the Wizards again but this time they will be shorthanded.

*Jermaine O'Neal will not play with a sore left hamstring. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that trainer Ed Lacerte suggested O'Neal take a night off after tweaking the hamstring last night and Rivers obliged. Rookie Greg Stiemsma will make his first NBA start.

*Chris Wilcox (sore left shoulder) will return after missing the past three games. Wilcox still doesn't remember how he hurt the shoulder last week against the Miami Heat.

*Rivers said he likes the competition for minutes with Avery Bradley facing off with E'Twaun Moore and Sasha Pavlovic and Marquis Daniels. Pavlovic was a healthy DNP-coach's decision last night.

*Wizards center Ronny Turiaf will miss five to six weeks with a broken left hand sustained against the Celtics.


STARTING LINEUPS

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

PG John Wall
SG Nick Young
SF Rashard Lewis
PF Andray Blatche
C JaVale McGee


BOSTON CELTICS

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Ray Allen
SF Paul Pierce
PF Kevin Garnett
C Greg Stiemsma

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