O'Neal shrugs off injuries


O'Neal shrugs off injuries

BOSTON -- Answering health-related questions continues for Jermaine O'Neal.

Earlier this week, he stated that he was not injured after missing Monday's game against the Washington Wizards with a sore hamstring.

On Friday night, he once again said he was ok after leaving the game in the second half to put on a padded vest after a hit to the chest against the Indiana Pacers.With 15 years in the NBA, ONeal shrugged it off as part of playingbasketball.

Im ok, he said. Its nothing. Its part of the game.

ONeal returned to action and finished the night with four points and seven rebounds in the Celtics 87-74 loss.

When you get hit, sometimes it hurts more than others, he said. Sometimes you can just go in the back, get it wrapped up, and get back into the game.