Shaq out, Semih starts vs. Wizards

As expected, Shaquille O'Neal did not travel to Washington for Saturday's game against the Wizards due to a right hip injury that forced him to sit out much of Friday's win over the Utah Jazz. Rookie Semih Erden, who made four starts last month in place of O'Neal, will rejoin the starting lineup for Saturday's game.

Rivers told reporters in Washington that, if the injury were something to be concerned about, he probably would have been told by the team's training staff. The coach said he's "just assuming that it's nothing that bad."

Rivers said he'll find out more when the team resumes practice Monday. The Celtics' next game is home against Cleveland on Tuesday. The Celtics are 8-1 in games that O'Neal has missed this season.


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(Materials from the Associated Press were used).