Boston, MA – Celtics centre Shaquille O’Neal likely will miss the next two games after suffering what was termed a sore right hip in the first half of Friday's win over the Jazz at TD Garden.
O'Neal played just six minutes, 19 seconds before being subbed by Semih Erden, who scored a season-high 14 points off the bench in 30 minutes.
"We're going to need him probably the next couple of games," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of Erden. "We're probably not going to take [O'Neal] on the trip. I think it's his hip. Something locked up. We'll just have to see how long that will be."
The Celtics, winners of five straight games, play in Washington Saturday night.
Initially, the team announced the injury as a sore right leg. O'Neal slipped on the ice outside the Waltham practice facility and missed practice on Sunday. Rivers said he didn't think the injury was related to that or his dive into the stands after fouling Raja Bell on a lay-up four minutes into the game.
O'Neal is averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 33 contests this season.