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Shaq comes back! Then gets hurt.

Apr 3, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

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Hey, so remember earlier when we told you Shaq might play Sunday night? Yeah, good news, he did play! Looked good to start out, too, making a layup and swatting away a layup. Things looked great.

You know how this ends, right?

Shaq came up limping against the Pistons in the first half, and did not return to the Celtics’ 101-90 win over Detroit. The Celtics are calling it a calf strain according to CSN New England. It is in the right leg, which had been bothering him with an Achilles problem, but was not related to the ankle. Despite looking terrible to begin with, and needing to be brought to the locker room in a wheelchair, the Celtics have once again dodged a bullet. Jermaine O’Neal on the other hand, played close to 18 minutes, finished with 6 rebounds, 5 points, and 3 turnovers. The rebounds are the important thing there.

So Nenad Krstic has a minor injury and is out a few games. Shaq has a minor injury and could be out a number of games, plus his usual cushion. In short, the Celtics will continue to walk the razor’s edge in terms of center depth until the playoffs start. Then all they have to do is muscle up, get healthy, get in rhythm, beat what will probably be either the Knicks (who are center soft as well) or Philadelphia (who are a bit trickier), close out the first round in time to get some time before facing what is likely Miami who will probably also thump their first round opponent, then close out Miami in reasonable time to face what will most likely be Chicago with Joakim Noah, Omer Asik, and Kurt Thomas down low, then beat what will almost certainly be the Lakers with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Peace of cake.

  1. frankvzappa - Apr 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    considering they will beat the Heat in four games, they should be well rested for the Bulls and Lakers

    • rbrown4495 - Apr 4, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      You wish, u are what a brain on drugs sounds like.

  2. jstrizzle - Apr 3, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    It is a joke to just assume all higher seeded teams win once the playoffs start. I would hate to see your NCAA Bracket

  3. mvpolamalu - Apr 3, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    I hate to say it but the end of Shaq is near

  4. thekingdave - Apr 3, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Peace of cake?

  5. donkeyball - Apr 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Shaq in monotone: “Just give me the ball and we will win a ring. That’s all I do. Everywhere I go, we win champions. Plan the parade now. Get on my back and enjoy.”

  6. zackd2 - Apr 3, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    The Big Joke

  7. zackd2 - Apr 3, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Did he borrow Pierce’s wheelchair? Haha

  8. purdueman - Apr 4, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    Shaq’s collecting a nice NBA welfare check for doing absolutely nothing. What’s next? A trip to injured reserve for a bad hang nail? All of a sudden, fat, lazy Eddie Curry don’t look so bad, does he?

    • zackd2 - Apr 4, 2011 at 7:40 AM

      Nothing could make Eddue Curry look not so bad.

  9. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 4, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Just saw the video, and he didn’t react like it was just a “strain”

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