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Shaq remains a question mark for playoff opener Sunday

Apr 14, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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Shaquille O’Neal is going to suit up again for the Boston Celtics. Maybe Sunday. Maybe not. But he will again one day. We promise. As for now, he remains a question mark for Sunday’s playoff opener against the New York Knicks, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England.

When asked when he would like to see O’Neal back in the Celtics lineup, (Celtics coach Doc) Rivers responded, “Shaquille, I’d like to see him yesterday. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Sounds like he might miss the series opener. Also sounds like Rivers is weary of waiting and guessing about Shaq’s return. Shaq wouldn’t see huge minutes against New York anyway — they tend to go smaller and Boston likely will match that. But the Celtics need to get him in a rhythm with his teammates because they will need him against Miami in the second round (assuming Boston and Miami win as expected). The good news for Celtics fans is that Delonte West’s re-aggravation of this ankle injury was not serious and he will be ready to go against the Knicks Sunday.

  1. chitownmatt - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Come’on big guy lace up those ginourmous sneakers one more time and show’em all you got a little something left in that tank.

  2. SmackSaw - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    The Big Leprechaun is finished.

  3. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Delonte West and Shaq will lead Boston to the Championship,Boston will also win Lord Stanleys Cup and the saux will go undefeated the rest of the Baseball season.Boston teams will win everything forever and the people of Boston will sleep happily ever after.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:25 PM

      Wow, is that really what you took away from that article? If so, I really don’t think that you are literate.

  4. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Up and down the court a couple of times and the 400 pounder will be done. That calf “sprain” looked like it hurt, it had to hurt because he couldn’t even walk, he had to use Paul’s wheelchair to get back to the locker room,

  5. zackd2 - Apr 14, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Really? I’m shocked.

  6. nymets05 - Apr 14, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Not happening!

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