--Jermaine O'Neal is facing a prolonged absence with a sore left wrist. The center decided against surgery on it last season, and now the problem has returned.
"He's going to need surgery at some point," said Danny Ainge. "But he'll play with it for now. He needed the surgery last season but wanted to play. Now, though, they think he'll be ready to play in another 10-14 days."
--The Celtics are preparing for the arrival of Jeremy Lin on Sunday afternoon. There is a greater than normal demand for media credentials, and upper end tickets are going in the $5,000 range on one website.
Lin toiled in relative anonymity for Harvard, but now that he's a star for the Knicks, local papers have been doing stories on his popularity in the Asian-American community.
Teresa Cheong, 24, works at the Asian American Civic Association in Chinatown and described herself as a casual Celtics fan who now follows New York.
"It kind of reminded me of Yao Ming when he went up against Shaq," she said. "Definitely Asian-American athletes are coming up."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think we're moving the ball a lot better and hopefully hitting our stride right here at home. We're playing better basketball." -- Paul Pierce on Friday after the Celtics' third consecutive win.
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