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

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

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."

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.