Saturday , Mar , 29 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Jermaine O’Neal Plans to Return Next Week

The Pacers can use a boost right now and they’ll get one soon. 6-time All-Star Jermaine O’Neal participated in today’s shootaround and says he could play against the New Jersey Nets tonight, although he’s more likely to return next week. O’Neal has missed 32 games with a bruised left knee.

O’Neal is 1 of the NBA’s premier interior defenders. He averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 33 games before the injury. []