Celtics' O'Neal in Boston to see hand specialist Tuesday

Celtics' O'Neal in Boston to see hand specialist Tuesday
February 28, 2012, 12:19 am
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CLEVELAND It looks like the second half of the season will begin with the Boston Celtics once again being short-handed.

All of the Celtics were in town today except for Jermaine O'Neal.

O'Neal, out with a wrist injury, is back in Boston.

According to the Celtics, he will see Dr. Brian McKeon and a hand specialist tomorrow at New England Baptist Hospital.

O'Neal's return will depend on the results from the examination.

Without O'Neal, the C's will likely lean on Brandon Bass or Chris Wilcox, both of whom are back to practicing after missing games with injuries.

Bass has missed Boston's last six games due to swelling in his left knee. Wilcox suffered a groin injury at Dallas on Feb. 210 that prevented him from playing in the Celtics' loss at Oklahoma City on Feb. 22. It was Wilcox's 10th game missed this season because of an injury.

Both Bass and Wilcox seem focused on putting their respective injuries behind them, and do what they can to help the C's turn around a season that has gone woefully wrong thus far.

"We ready to go," Wilcox told CSNNE.com. "We got a lot of guys back; we healthy. We're trying to put everything on the line, and get it from here on out."