WALTHAM, Mass. — Shaquille O’Neal missed his second straight practice on Monday with a knee bruise suffered late in Friday’s game against the Knicks. He likely will miss tonight’s game in Detroit.

“I doubt if he plays, but we’ll see,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “If he has a chance, he’ll make the trip.”

O’Neal instead spent the time in the swimming pool with fellow injured big man Kendrick Perkins as both worked on therapy for knee injuries. The team did get good news on another O’Neal. Jermaine O’Neal returned to practice on Monday and will make the trip.

“He had a good practice and he’ll play,” Rivers said. “Obviously, it could swell or something. But right now, he looked good.”

Rivers said Jermaine O’Neal, who practiced with the first team, will see a lot of time, as will rookie Semih Erden.

Jermaine O’Neal admitted he’s been a disappointment so far, in part because of the injuries that have affected his conditioning.

“It’s been challenging. Obviously, the hamstring, the back a little bit, the wrist, now the knee, so it’s been extremely disappointing for me so far. But obviously, trials and tribulations will make you stronger and you have to take that as you never can be successful if you don’t fail,” he said.

“So far, I haven’t been able do things that I want to do out there.”


HAWKS: Atlanta agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract extension with All-Star center Al Horford.

The team announced the deal Monday, beating a deadline that prevented one of its stalwart players from becoming a restricted free agent next summer.


WIZARDS: John Wall and Gilbert Arenas are nursing right ankle injuries as Washington prepares for its home opener.

Wall sprained his ankle in Saturday’s loss to Atlanta and was wearing a walking boot as a precaution Monday, but Coach Flip Saunders said he thinks the No. 1 overall pick will play tonight against Philadelphia.

Wall averaged 21 points and nine assists in his first two NBA games.

Arenas is still bothered by a strained tendon in his ankle and isn’t expected to play tonight. He has yet to make his regular-season debut after being suspended for 50 games last season for bringing guns into the locker room.


CAVALIERS: Forward Antawn Jamison, 34, did not practice because of soreness in his left knee and could miss tonight’s game against Atlanta.

Jamison has been bothered by tendinitis in his knee.

He was kept out of some preseason games to deal with soreness.

The Cavs said his status will be updated after today’s shootaround.

So far, he has come off the bench for new coach Byron Scott.


LAKERS: This must be another coaching record for Phil Jackson. Just one week into the regular season, he has already minted a catchy nickname for the Los Angeles Lakers’ revamped group of reserves.

Meet the Renegades. They’re the reason the two-time NBA champions might be a whole lot better this season.

Newcomers Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff have joined returnees Shannon Brown and Sasha Vujacic on a bench that already looks exponentially more reliable than last season’s collection of castoffs and underachievers.

What’s more, they’re still planning to add injured Luke Walton and sixth man Lamar Odom, currently a fill-in starter.


BULLS 110, BLAZERS 98: Luol Deng scored a career-high 40 points to lead Chicago past Portland in Chicago.

Deng scored 16 points in the first and third quarters and shot 14 of 19 from the floor in the game.

He passed his previous career best of 38 with a 3-pointer from the corner with 5:48 to play. The shot put the Bulls up 101-84. He had 38 points against the Blazers on March 26, 2007.

Derrick Rose, who entered the game as the NBA’s leading scorer, added 16 points and 12 assists for Chicago (2-1).

The Trail Blazers entered the game 3-0, with all three of their victories coming as a result of fourth-quarter comebacks.

Portland outscored opponents 85-49 in the final quarters of its first three games, but were unable to mount a sustained rally against the Bulls.