WALTHAM The Boston Celtics are used to playing with a limited roster because of injuries, and tonight's game against Portland seems headed in that direction.
In addition to Jermaine O'Neal who remains out with a wrist injury, the Celtics may also be without the services of Mickael Pietrus and Chris Wilcox.
Pietrus, who did not participate in the team's morning shoot-around, has soreness in his right knee - the same knee he had surgery on last summer.
A decision on whether he plays won't be made until shortly before tip-off.
As for Wilcox, he too was not at the C's morning shoot-around.
Fortunately for the Celtics, his absence was not injury-related.
A team official said he had an excused absence to attend to a personal matter. It is unclear if the matter will be resolved in time for him to play tonight.
So like Pietrus, Wilcox's availability won't be known until closer to tip-off.