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Celtics rookie center Vitor Faverani out for the season after having knee surgery

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  March 7, 2014 04:48 PM

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Celtics rookie center Vitor Faverani is known as "El Hombre Indestructible" ("The Indestructible Man"), but he isn't invincible.

Faverani, 25, will be sidelined for the rest of the season after having arthroscopic left knee surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus at New England Baptist Hospital, the team announced Friday.

The 6-foot-11-inch Faverani, the only true center on the Celtics roster, averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.73 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game over 37 appearances.

Faverani was last playing professionally for Valencia Basket Club of the Spanish ACB League before the Celtics signed the Brazilian to a three-year deal worth $6 million last summer.

Though raw and new to the NBA game, Faverani excelled in spots this season, especially when he grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked 6 shots against Milwaukee Nov. 1.

But Faverani played sparingly lately, appearing in just six of the team's last 30 games, and missing the last 14.

The team shuttled him back and forth to its NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, just to get him more playing time.

But in early February, Faverani tweaked his knee in one of those games with the Red Claws. He had MRIs, but they came back negative.

The team medical staff wasn't sure what the issue was, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens recently said that doctors would do an exploratory scope of Faverani's knee.

Apparently, it was found that he had a torn meniscus, which Celtics swingman Gerald Wallace also suffered and had surgically repaired Tuesday.

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