This coming Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs will host the Boston Celtics and the Spurs could be facing a Celtics team with Jermaine O'Neal back from surgery:
Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly interview and said that Jermaine O'Neal was getting closer to a return and coul[d] be back on the court by next Thursday when the Celtics play the Spurs.
"The swelling issue that had prevented him from [playing] early in the year is not happening right now," Ainge said. "Since the surgery, it's been a lot better."
Ainge said that the plan was for O'Neal to join the C's in Indiana when they play the Pacers on Monday and then travel with them to San Antonio. (weei.com)
O'Neal is coming off surgery to repair a knee injury. However, if O'Neal does play against the Spurs, he won't get much time on the court. Probably around 15 minutes max.
Our good friend John Karalis of RedsArmy.com had this to say about O'Neal possibly playing against San Antonio and if this is an advantage for the Celtics against the Spurs who will be without the injured Tim Duncan:
"Well, it does whenever Jermaine is on the floor just because he still has the ability to block shots and rebound. And anytime the Spurs don't have TD, it's a disadvantage. But the advantage will be short-lived because he's going to be slowly worked back into the rotation."
@SpursLover the Spurs are the league leaders so all the teams are trying to catch up with them this season.
We really are getting some attention from other teams can we remind them that the Lakers are the defending champs and not us?
Looking forward to that game, that will surely be hell of a game whether Jermaine O'Neal plays or not.
Boston is trying to get better for the playoffs, that game will be a good measuring stick for the Spurs.
Teams are really giving the Spurs their best shot trying to catch them in the standings, this will be good for the Spurs going into the playoffs. Quality games against quality teams.