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Shaq could return to Celtics Friday; Krstic back Tuesday

Apr 4, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

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It’s just a calf strain. It’s not the Achilles that kept Shaquille O’Neil out for more than month. What happened to Shaq on Sunday was just a calf strain. Everyone kept saying that (especially Celtics fans). Still, Celtics players were a little down.

Then came good news from Doc Rivers today that Shaq could be back sooner rather than later, via WEEI.

“He may play at the end of the week,” said Rivers following Monday’s practice, which included every player except O’Neal. “We’re just not sure yet. If that’s what it requires. We’re going to do whatever they tell us is required. Other than that, I would love to play him, honestly, a couple of game.”

Boston plays Friday (Wizards), Sunday (at Heat), Monday (at Wizards) then finish with the Knicks next Wednesday. Getting Shaq back for some run in any of those games would be a plus.

He looked good in the six minutes he was out there. But it was just six minutes.

Nenad Krstic was back in practice as was Troy Murphy. Expect them both to get time starting Tuesday.

  1. zackd2 - Apr 4, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Shaq was suppose to return after a few days after his initial achillis injury, took voer a month.

    Take this report with a Shaq-size mountain of salt

  2. andyhr17 - Apr 5, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    I really don’t see why they don’t just shut him down for the rest of the regular season. It’s not like he needs to play to get in shape. Shaq is Shaq. He’s big and he takes up room in the paint. He isn’t going to be relied on to play huge minutes in the playoffs. Just rest him.

  3. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Who has “right thumb” in the “What Body Part Will Shaq Inure Next” pool?

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