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Knee surgery to end Szczerbiak's season in BostonAssociated Press
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak will miss the final seven games of the season because of a knee injury that requires surgery.
2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
32 17.5 3.8 3.2 .476 .898
Szczerbiak had an MRI on his left knee Thursday at a hospital, team spokesman Jeff Twiss said. After consulting with the team physician and Celtics officials, Szczerbiak will have arthroscopic surgery early next week.
"We fully expect him to return next year," Twiss said Friday.
Szczerbiak averaged 17.5 points in 32 games with the Celtics after being acquired from Minnesota on Jan. 26.
He is expected to be ready for training camp in October. Typical recovery time for arthroscopic knee surgery can be anywhere from two to six weeks, depending on what type of damage is discovered.
Coach Doc Rivers said Szczerbiak's procedure was an opportunity to clean out debris.
"I know a bone bruise showed on the MRI that we didn't foresee," he said. "The bone bruise made it more of an immediate need [to have surgery]."