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02-19-2009, 04:42 AM
O'Neal gets start -- and hurt (sorta)-- in Heat debut

Posted Feb 18 2009 9:57PM

MIAMI (AP) -- Jermaine O'Neal was hurt in his first game with the Miami Heat midway through the third quarter Wednesday night after getting cut near his right eye.

O'Neal was struck by the Minnesota Timberwolves' Mike Miller, who was called for a charging foul. O'Neal stayed down for a moment, then was helped into the Heat locker room, dabbing a towel at his face in an effort to control bleeding.

The Heat said he was getting X-rays. He returned with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter.

Less than a minute after O'Neal got hurt, Heat forward James Jones joined his former Indiana teammate in the locker room with an injured right hand. X-rays on Jones were negative, and the team diagnosed it as a bruise.

O'Neal was in the starting lineup, one day after practicing with his new team for the first time. O'Neal, who was acquired along with Jamario Moon from Toronto last week for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, started at center.

"We only have 30 games left," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game. "We need to start the process right now. Let's get it going."

Moon was active for the game, but not in the starting lineup. He entered at the start of the second quarter.


Geeze , who woulda thunk it ??

Really sucks for J.O. .. even though it was just a cut... it seems it always is something with him lol

It's constant stories like this that really make him look "injury prone" lol even though this one wasn't serious by the sounds of it ..

Hopefully , he can get past all this nonsense and get back to some form of health...
and play basketball..


02-19-2009, 04:48 AM
Well, getting you face busted open isn't exactly a typical JO injury and certainly not likely to be a chronic problem.