Jermaine goes down as C’s find themselves without centre
The Boston Celtics suddenly find themselves without a single true centre on their roster, with the announcement that Jermaine O’Neal will undergo season ending surgery.
After “[playing] through pain this entire year” according to Danny Ainge, O’Neal’s fall against Dallas signalled the end for the veteran centres season. This places the Celtics in a desperate situation. Despite their big man stocks looking reasonably solid last year, with Glen Davis, Shaq, Jermaine, even Perkins while he was there and Garnett, injuries, trades and retirement have ravaged these stocks. And while Bass and Garnett have held up for now, Garnett is far from the young man he once was, and he shouldn’t have to be guarding the likes of Bynum. Bass himself is a reasonable defender, but undersized and can’t match with the bigger men around the league. All Celtics fans have their fingers crossed that Garnett doesn’t go down clutching his knee, because this time there is simply no body big enough, let alone with the skill of Garnett, behind him able to fill that gap.