Friday , Apr , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Boston’s Szczerbiak out for rest of season

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Boston Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak will
miss the remainder of the season because of a left knee injury that will
require surgery.

On Thursday, Szczerbiak had a MRI on his knee which revealed a bone bruise and
the forward will have arthroscopic surgery next week. Szczerbiak has been
playing through the injury since early February.

No timetable has been set for Szczerbiak’s return, but he is expected to be
ready for the Celtics’ training camp in October. Tony Allen will likely
replace the forward in the starting lineup.

The 6-foot-7 Szczerbiak was acquired by Boston in late January from Minnesota
along with Michael Olowokandi, center Dwayne Jones and a future first round
draft choice. The Timberwolves received guards Ricky Davis and Marcus Banks,
center Mark Blount, forward Justin Reed and two conditional second round draft
choices in return.

In 72 games this season with both Boston and Minnesota, the 6-foot-7 forward
is averaging 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. The Miami-
Ohio product played in 32 games with the Celtics after the trade and averaged
17.5 points per game.