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Successful knee surgery for Szczerbiak

BOSTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Forward Wally Szczerbiak of the Boston Celtics Tuesday underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to have cartilage repaired in his left knee.

An MRI last Thursday indicated that the 6-foot-7 inch Szczerbiak, who was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in late January, had a bone bruise which required the season-ending surgery. He had played with the injury early February.

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In 72 games this season, the former No. 1 pick by Minnesota in 1999 out of Miami (Ohio) averaged 19 points, 4.3 rebounds and three assists per game. He said he is hoping for a quick off-season recovery.

"From what they (doctors) told me, in 2-6 weeks for (any catilage-type surgery). I don't have any serious tears, so I'm hoping 2-3 weeks."

In 31 contests with Boston, he averaged 17.5 points and 3.2 assists per game.

In 470 career games, Szczerbiak has averages of 15.6 points and 3.8 rebounds.

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