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Your Morning Dump… Where Jermaine is playing ball again

Chuck - Red's Army December 7, 2010 Uncategorized 6 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Jermaine O'Neal spent about 20 minutes on the Boston Celtics' practice court on Monday.

And the results were, uh, just what he expected.

"I was as rusty as I thought I would be," O'Neal told CSNNE.com.

Considering he hasn't played in a game since Nov. 8, being off his game was a given.

But just being able to run up the floor, and feel little to no pain afterwards, was yet another indication that he is moving past the left knee injury that has sidelined him for the last 12 games.

"Hopefully in the next week-in-a-half to two weeks, I'll be playing no problem," he said.

CSNNE – Jermaine O'Neal eyes return before Christmas

Jermaine has been out a month now? Doesn't seem that long. A seven game winning streak makes you forget about mising players.

With Jermaine on schedule to return in a few weeks, and Delonte West's injury not as bad as originally feared, the Celtics could get two major pieces back before the All-Star break. And don't forget about Perk…

As good as the Cs look now, Paul Pierce says this isn't their best:

“We’re playing good,’’ said Paul Pierce. “But we feel like we’re going to be playing our best basketball probably later in the year because of the injuries.’’

Related Links: HeraldCeltics finding time for Avery Bradley | ESPN Boston: Jermaine's rookie mistake |

On Page 2, Shaq's holiday beat-box.

The entire Boston Celtics [team stats] team spread holiday cheer to Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center. Shaquille O’Neal, Ray Allen and Delonte West created winter crafts, sang holiday carols – No. 36 beat-boxed ‘Frosty the Snowman’ — at Children’s. Meanwhile, captain Paul Pierce [stats], Kevin Garnett, Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, Marquis Daniels and the rest of the roster partied with Santa and the kids from the Boston Medical Center’s pediatric hematology program at the Top of the Hub restaurant.

Herald – Hoopla for the Holidays

It's slim pickings on basketball related news this morning, so I threw in this nugget from Children's Hospital. These guys never get enough credit for this kinda stuff anyways.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Cs climb in power rankings | WEEI – 10 The Association observations |

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  • theW

    After the all-star break, when everyone is healthy and feeling no pain (right?), then this is the deepest C’s lineup of this generation. What about of all time? I think it could be. There are a couple of teams from the 60′s and 70′s that might have something to say. I don’t remember the 60′s but I do remember a good portion of those 70′s teams. They never felt like this as far as depth to me.

  • thetitleisours

    Cannot wait for Perk to come just in the nick of time!

  • IanD

    Has any one ever said what Jermaine’s knee injury was?? All I have ever heard is a “sore Knee” but did he strain a ligament, was this an existing thing? It also seams like he shut him self down, no trainer said he had to. This sounds bad but it makes me wonder how tough he is.

  • Lee in Oregon

    More good news! I’m still hoping Sheed comes back around the break, but at least this year we already have someone who can check Gasol. I have no doubt this years KG is up to the task.
    I watched Orlando lose last night against the ATL.

  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com jtshoopsblog

    One word JO–RETIRE!!!!!!

  • Classless

    LOL 20 minutes of shooting around? Don’t work to hard, Jermaine…