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Ainge: Jermaine O’Neal Had Fractured Left Wrist All Postseason

Danny Ainge just wrapped up with the media, where he confirmed Greg Dickerson’s report that Doc Rivers had agreed to five-year extension with the C’s. The other major revelation of the day however was picked up by Paul Flannery of WEEI.com who reported via hisTwitter account this surprising reality:

Jermaine O’Neal needs surgery on a fractured left wrist suffered in Game 1 of the Knicks series. Ainge said that contributed to the problems JO had finishing at the rim during the postseason.

I think it’s safe to say we were all pleasantly surprised and satisfied with JO’s effort during the postseason. Flannery himself deserves credit here for remaining adamantly behind O’Neal and what he could bring during his injury-riddled season.

The truth though is this explains a few things about JO this postseason on top of the around the rim problems :

1) Why we probably didn’t seem him in crunch-time in the vast majority of the games.
2) His somewhat lackluster rebounding averages of 4.3 boards/game.
3) With a bad back on top of this, Jermaine gutted through more than we even realized, and deserves a lot of credit for it.

Ryan will be back later this afternoon with further insight on this and Doc’s extension, but with yet another devastating injury coming to the surface this afternoon, it’s time to come to grips with the fact your Boston Celtics were tougher this postseason than we realized.

  • talesofJP

    JO does deserve a lot of credit for that. He played really well in the playoffs and he showed a lot of heart. JO is a good Celtic.

  • aaron

    holy crud, that being said, just leaves the "what if" factor out there.

  • someguyinsac

    JO gets the runner up "Gutsy" player award after Rondo. I hope he recovers swiftly in the off season and comes back to play, he was even better than I imagined he would have been this year after his knee surgery.

  • duggyfresh88

    kricky, i am pretty sure JO is signed through next year on the mid level. Don't take my word for it but im pretty sure

    • kricky

      Oh SNAP! I forgot. My bad.

      I still think we should have tried to keep Erden. Never figured that move out.

  • James Patrick

    I think the O'Neal x2 experiment failed. Time to lose them both. Also time to lose Troy Murphy and BBD. Obviously it depends on what is out there but time to trim the fat off this team!

    • duggyfresh88

      We are kind of stuck with JO. Unless there is some kind of major change to the CBA, he is signed with the mid level through next year. So even if they bought him out, because they used the mid level last year that can't use it this year

  • Chris O

    Yes ppl JO and Shaq are both signed through next year, so we only lose them if they retire

    • aaron

      yep,but just like Sheed, money is on the books either way.

    • James Patrick


      • Morpheus

        JO most likely, even then i don't see him being on any GMs wish list. Likely scenario would be, trade him at the deadline, his expiring should be good value about then.

        Shaq…..forget about it. We're stuck with his contract for 1 more year.

  • dslack

    So this raises the question even more urgently: Why didn't Nenad get any minutes until last night?

    • aaron

      love nads, but not a real defensive body in the paint, and w/out shaq, we needed that from JO. But in game 5 he showed that smooth jumper though, would like to keep that.

  • Morpheus

    And this is why DA must get younger. Kudos to JO for playing through the pain, but i would prefer him coming off the bench next year.

  • I_Love_Green

    So many injuries to this team, and all that adds to the "what if" question.

  • Stephen

    Great ——Shaq provides nothing and Jermaine playing hurt the whole time!!!!—– I'll say it again–Good call Danny !!!!

  • James Patrick

    Anyone know what time the game starts tonight? Ahhh, dare to dream. lol

    • janos

      Hi James Patrick, is Janos. Game start in 20 minute but for some reason only Perkin there? Where rest of our team at Perkin side?

      • janos

        also team does not appear wear green :(

  • James Patrick

    It's your TV. gotta adjust the color so the uniforms are green again! hah!

  • longlivethe80's

    Man this sucks! I want to watch some Celtics basketball. I hate not having anything to root for right now. I am pissed of as hell! This SUCKS!!!!!

    • duggyfresh88

      There is still room on the bruins bandwagon!!

  • strips

    still trying to get the bad taste of this season off of my mouth…

    JO sure showed a lot of heart by playing through the pain.

    that's just the thing right? the team's all rickety and banged up and there's no way any team can win a championship all on heart…i just hope danny makes an interesting move this offseason…

  • Mike

    Ha I just read that Presti wanted to trade Harden instead of Green. Would that have been any different?

    • I_Love_Green

      Actually Ainge wanted Harden instead of Green.

      • I_Love_Green

        And yeah, Harden is more consistant, and he'd be used to the role off the bench.

  • Alex

    That's good. He'll be a solid player next year, plus his expiring contract will be great trade bait.

    The Gasol with a heart is a RFA next year, right?

    • Morpheus

      Yep, but we don't have the money. I'm thinking he'll be asking for around $8-$10 mil.

  • JCP

    I love Danny, and I love the Celtics. That being said, I think the fans are all letting out a collective "I told you so". I think everyone felt after LAST season that we needed some youth and athleticism… I was a bit perplexed, but also excited, about the move to get the O'neal twins. It didn't quite work out this year but we got a lot farther, by actually bringing on MORE age, than many ever expected. Hopefully Danny can work his magic and make something happen this Summer

  • ben murray

    why doc didn't play troy murphy

  • strips

    troy murphy's alive?

  • Ray Ray for 3

    Troy Murphy sucks! Get rid of him.

  • Batman

    free troy murphy!