Celtics starting center Shaquille O'Neal will miss two games due to a right hip injury, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston.
O'Neal suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Celtics' 110-86 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday. Following the injury, O'Neal did not accompany the team during their brief one-game road trip in Washington on Saturday.
According to Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, O'Neal most likely won't travel with the team for the first game of Boston's four-game West coast road trip.
"It's his hip. It's locked," said Rivers. "I don't know what the hell that means. I don't know if there's a key you go get or something like that. That's all it is. It's not a serious injury, but he's also 38 years old. We're going to be very cautious." (via ESPN Boston)
Boston begins its cross country coast road trip in Portland on Thursday night before facing Phoenix the next night. According to Forsberg, there is a chance that O'Neal may rejoin the team for their game against the Suns at the end of the week.
"Reading between the lines, it appears the Celtics could potentially fly O'Neal to Phoenix, where he could join the team for Friday's tail end of a back-to-back. Even if he doesn't play, that at least gives him the chance to be with the team when it travels to Los Angeles for Sunday's nationally televised showdown against the Lakers, the first battle between the two teams since Game 7 of the NBA Finals." - Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston.