O'Neal listed as day-to-day

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

J.O. likely will be a no-go for the Raptors this afternoon against the Boston Celtics.

But the knee strain Jermaine O'Neal suffered to his surgically repaired left knee on Friday night probably will not keep him out more than a few days. With a two-day break before their four-game homestand continues Wednesday against Charlotte, the Raptors likely will rest O'Neal today as a precaution.

X-rays showed O'Neal, who was just hitting a comfort zone with his new team, has no structural damage. He did not appear to be favouring the leg as he walked past reporters yesterday without comment.

He awkwardly came down on the knee during the fourth quarter of the 129-127 overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets, pulled off-balance by New Jersey's Sean Williams who grabbed his uniform.

O'Neal was averaging 17 points and 13.5 rebounds in his past five games before Friday. With his run of double-double games derailed, Toronto coach Sam Mitchell likely will shift Andrea Bargnani to O'Neal's spot and re-instate small forward Jamario Moon.

Mitchell's other option, leaving Bargnani at the No. 3 spot, would mean committing to his last big man off the bench, Kris Humphries.

"We'll just keep playing with other guys," point guard Jose Calderon said of getting by without O'Neal. "It was me last week getting hurt (the Raptors went 1-1 during his absence). We have to keep doing the job and limit our mistakes."

Williams was charged with a flagrant foul on Friday. The NBA automatically reviews such calls for possible further discipline.


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