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Derrick White gives positive update on ear injury

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Celtics guard Derrick White suffered an ear injury in Boston's overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 14, but he hasn't missed a game because of it.

White actually had a hole in his right ear drum but was cleared to play by the team's medical staff.

The situation is improving, though, as White explained Wednesday before the Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden.

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"It's been good. I feel like it's getting better," White told reporters. "Hearing a little better, I think -- when I want to. And then I try to not get it wet, honestly."

He later added: "It was just a weird, freak play. I'm just thankful I didn't go deaf like I thought I did a split-second after it happened."

The injury didn't stop White from having an awesome February.

He averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 11 games. White also shot an impressive 41.8 percent from the 3-point line and turned the ball over just 1.4 times per game in February. His previous high for points per game in a single month this season was 11.6 in November. 

The trade to acquire White from the San Antonio Spurs last year has been a home run for the Celtics so far. He's given them much-needed offense, playmaking ability and depth in the backcourt.

And, as seen over the last two weeks, White doesn't miss games even when he's less than 100 percent healthy. In fact, he's the only player on the Celtics roster who has appeared in all 62 games.