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No Shaq for Game 3 Friday, but Game 4 could happen

Apr 22, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

Injured Boston Celtics O'Neal talks to teammate Allen during the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the New York Knicks in Boston Reuters

Welcome back to Shaq Watch 2011…

Shaquille O’Neal has traveled with the team, he is in New York where maybe the bright lights will inspire him. But not for Game 3 Friday. He is out for that.

Our man A. Sherrod Blakely from Comcast New England caught up with Shaq, but he wasn’t in the mood for a conversation.

“I don’t want to talk. Let the players talk. I’m just trying to get back,” O’Neal said as he left the floor following Friday morning’s shoot-around.

The fact that the 39-year-old is with the team on the road is a signal that O’Neal’s health is improving. Although he is with the team for Games 3 and 4, Rivers said he’s definitely out for tonight’s Game 3 matchup and is doubtful for Game 4 on Sunday.

“He’s just feeling better,” Rivers said. “He’s close. I don’t know what he needs to show me. He’s not ready to play yet, but he’s getting closer. The fact that he’s getting closer, you bring him on the road.”

If the Knicks win Friday night, the odds you see Shaq in Game 4 or Game 5 goes up.

  1. terrathrax - Apr 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    The Celts should have made him lose much weight before signing him. Now they pay the price for his absence. He’s constantly out injured.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 22, 2011 at 11:29 PM

      Paying the price while trampling over the Knicks in round 1. Him not being on the court hasn’t hurt them at all, yet.

      • terrathrax - Apr 23, 2011 at 10:16 PM

        Yeah, the Knicks. Big deal.

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