Jermaine O'Neal hasn't fully healed from off-season knee surgery, and he could sit out awhile to recover.
The Pacers center left during the first quarter of Wednesday's win over Golden State with pain in his left knee and did not return. He was to have an MRI.
"It's a difficult decision," he said. "You don't want to take a week and a half, two weeks off and be in the same position. I want to get a better diagnosis of why the knee is swelling and we'll go from there.
Pacers' O'Neal might rest aching knee
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Pacers' Jermaine O'Neal may be out of the lineup a while because of his aching left knee.
O'Neal had offseason knee surgery, but it still hasn't fully healed. He left during the first quarter of last night's win over Golden State because of the pain and did not return. He says he wants to get a better diagnosis of why the knee is swelling before he makes a decision whether to take some more time off.
O'Neal had surgery in April 2007 after he tore cartilage in the knee. He says he's surprised the healing process has been so slow.
He already has has missed 89 games the past 3 1/2 seasons due to injuries, illnesses and suspensions. He has missed seven games this season, many because the knee has been unpredictable.