Celtics F Wilcox faces season-ending heart surgery

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BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Celtics forward Chris Wilcox is scheduled to have heart surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

The team announced Wednesday that the surgery to repair an enlarged aorta should allow him to resume his career next season.

The operation is scheduled for March 29 at the Cleveland Clinic where another Celtics forward, Jeff Green, had season-ending surgery for an aortic aneurysm on Jan. 9. Doctors have said Green also should be able to resume his career next season.

The 6-foot-10 Wilcox, the eighth pick in the 2002 draft, signed as a free agent with the Celtics on Dec. 10 after two years with the Detroit Pistons. In 28 games for Boston, four of them starts, he is averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds.