Jermaine O'Neal said he plans to play against the Mavericks, but his bothersome left knee may keep him out of the lineup.
He told CSNNE.com following Boston's 92-83 win over Oklahoma City that he recently had a "minor procedure" performed on the knee.
"It's just one of those situations, you're going to be banged up," O'Neal said.
Even after the procedure, O'Neal said the knee is still in a lot of pain.
"That's why I'm looking forward to just making it through this next game," O'Neal told CSNNE.com. "After Dallas, we got a few days in between before we play Miami [on Thursday]. That'll do my knee a lot of good."
The procedure was minor enough to not cost him significant time… which is nice. But I can't help thinking that this guy is made of paper mache'. He's got a million things bugging him. He still seems able to defend and block shots… which is all we want him to do. And if he can keep doing that, then I'm happy with him. But I don't want this guy to fall apart on us either.
Thank God Semih Erden has progressed the way he has. I know we can't rely on him for a ton… but we can at least throw him out there without too much trepidation.
Depth is a great thing, huh?