BOSTON -- Jermaine ONeal will sit out the second straight game with a sore left knee and will not play on Friday night against the Indiana Pacers.
ONeal hopes to work out on Saturday and play on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Im not looking to be 100 percent, he said. Its good to be just able to jump, move, slide stuff like that because where the bruise is, its on the kneecap. Its just difficult to move around.
ONeal will be evaluated by team doctors following the Celtics - Pacers game to determine if he will need an MRI.
Doc Rivers will turn to the same starting five from Thursday's win over the Magic -- Avery Bradley, Mickael Pietrus, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, and Kevin Garnett. Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, and Keyon Dooling are also out for Friday's game.
BOSTON – Jayson Tatum was all smiles after hearing his named called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the number 3 pick by Boston in Thursday night’s NBA draft.
And as he made his way towards the commissioner and put on the customary Celtics hat, a bright future surely awaited him.
But is it going to be in Boston?
CSNNE.com confirmed an earlier report by Yahoo Sports! the Vertical that the Celtics were indeed engaged in trade talks with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is no stranger to taking chances that most GMs would not consider or take a pass on.
Trading for George, who informed the Pacers that he would not re-sign a long-term deal with them and would instead prefer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers when he hits free agency in the summer of 2018, is a huge risk.
While the particulars of the possible trade are still being discussed, Boston will likely have to include the number three pick – Jayson Tatum – in a deal for George.
Ainge appears willing to gamble that a season in Boston will be enough to convince George to re-sign a long-term deal in the summer of 2018 which would be a win-win in terms of bolstering their chances to compete with Cleveland for Eastern Conference supremacy, and keep him away from the Lakers.
Celtics draft pick Jayson Tatum will go from one highly regarded coach to another, and he said shortly after being drafted that Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but good things to say about Brad Stevens.
Tatum said Coach K’s praise for Stevens came after the Celtics traded the first overall pick, thus establishing they would not be selecting Markelle Fultz.
“He called me and talked about that Boston was wanting me to come up there for a workout. He was just ranting about how great of a person Brad Stevens is, and [that] Coach K would love the opportunity if they would pick me and he really wanted me to go up there and work out for them,” Tatum said. “I was all for it. It worked out. I had a great time up there on my visit and obviously they enjoyed me.”
Krzyzewski and Stevens coached against each other in the 2010 national championship, which Duke won by two points when Gordon Hayward’s potential game-winning half-court shot nearly went in, but hit the rim. Hayward and Stevens could be reunited this offseason given that the veteran forward will be a free agent.
Tatum spent one year at Duke, averaging 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.