It didn't happen exactly how Celtics coach Doc Rivers drew it up, but Jermaine O'Neal is the team's starting center, just the way Rivers projected it back in training camp.

O'Neal scored 9 points in the Celtics' 99-82 win over the 76ers last night at TD Garden, knocking down 4 of 6 shots in his seventh start of the season.

O'Neal, recently back after being out two months recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, took advantage of being on the floor with four All-Stars, but for the most part he was just trying to take instructions from them. With the action around him a blur, they called out plays and yelled to tell him the spots he needed to be in.