Hamstring to keep O誰eal out of 2 games
By Mark Montieth
Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal will miss tonight's home game against Portland and Saturday's game at Cleveland with a strained left hamstring.
O'Neal tweaked the hamstring last Friday at Seattle and aggravated it in Wednesday's victory over Orlando.
"I feel like I can play, but they feel like it's better for me to rest it right now," O'Neal said. "They just don't want it to get serious."
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Maceo Baston will start tonight in O'Neal's place.
David Harrison, who has been out with a strained left shoulder, will be activated.