INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal sat out Indiana's regular-season opener against Washington on Wednesday night because of a hyperextended left knee.
O'Neal, a six-time All-Star, was hurt Oct. 8 when he collided with Shawne Williams during practice.
``Jermaine practiced today, but he's not ready to play,'' Pacers coach Jim O' Brien said. ``We expect him to play (Friday) against Miami.''
Ike Diogu replaced O'Neal in the starting lineup.
Pacers center Troy Murphy also missed the game because of a strained left Achilles' tendon. Williams sat out the first game of a three-game suspension for getting caught driving without a license.

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