Monday, January 4, 2010
Updated: January 5, 9:46 AM ET
Groin strain, hip flexor bench O'Neal
MIAMI -- Heat center Jermaine O'Neal is out of the lineup against the Atlanta Hawks with a strained groin and hip flexor.
It's the fourth time O'Neal has missed a game this season, although two of those were to attend a family funeral. Joel Anthony started Monday night in place of O'Neal, who has been bothered by soreness in the groin and hip for about two weeks.
O'Neal is Miami's third-leading scorer at 12.7 points per game and second-leading rebounder at 6.9 per game.
The Heat are hopeful O'Neal could return Wednesday when Miami hosts Boston.