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Celtics Krstic out at least two games, to undergo MRI

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on March 23, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Boston Celtics 90-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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When the Boston Celtics take the floor in Atlanta Friday night, Jermiane O’Neal will be the starting center.

But he has been off with knee surgery since January, now playing on the second night of a back-to-back. He can’t be counted on for big minutes. So who follows him?

Good question. It will not be Nenad Krstic, who will miss two games at least and undergo an MRI on his right knee, A. Sherrod Blakely updates us at CSN New England.

That’s not a lot. But the fact they are calling it a “leg injury” and not saying anything about the severity suggests exactly what went through all our minds when we saw it happen — this is going to be bad. Which would be bad for Boston.

Shaquille O’Neal may be back this weekend, or soon. Boston is going to need him. They are likely to get New York or Philadelphia in the first round, two teams that could push Boston (the Sixers are the scariest lower seed in the East). Then the second round would be Miami, where exploiting the Heat in the paint will be a key to winning the series. Boston needs healthy big men to do that.

And right now they have one less.