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Daniels undergoes surgery

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  December 9, 2009 10:05 AM

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Guard Marquis Daniels underwent successful surgery this morning at New England Baptist Hospital to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, the Celtics announced today. No timetable has been set for his return.

Daniels said he noticed the problem during the Celtics’ visit to Indiana last month, and he aggravated the injury in practice earlier this week. Last night's game against the Bucks is the first Daniels has missed with the injury. The surgery, which was unexpected, is likely to cause Daniels to miss more time than originally anticipated.

Daniels has appeared in 19 games for the Celtics averaging 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Tony Allen, who returned to game action last night, will likely see more time in Daniels's absence.

Red's Army talked to Jared Wade, who followed Daniels as a Pacer for Both Teams Played Hard and Eight Points, Nine Seconds.

One of Wade's observations:

During his three years in Indiana, Marquis played 45, 74 and 54 games -- but it felt like less. It was frustrating because when he did play, he was a solid, if unspectacular contributor. It's just that he was always in and out of the lineup so much that it wasn't just the missed games, but all of the wasted time reintegrating him into the lineup every month.
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