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No Shaq in Game 4 for Celtics

Apr 24, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

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They clearly don’t need him against New York — Boston is up 3-0 in the series — but the plans to have Shaquille O’Neal back continues to be pushed back.

Doc Rivers has ruled Shaq out for Game 4 at Madison Square Garden Sunday, according to ESPN Boston.

“He’s not playing [Sunday],” said Rivers. “We didn’t do anything to see honestly. We didn’t practice, we just walked through. I’m not going to put him out on the floor.”

Not a big deal for Sunday. Boston blew out the Knicks in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden and now the series is merely a formality. Maybe it ends Sunday, maybe they go back to Boston for a Game 5 on Tuesday. But either way the writing is on the wall.

But the Celtics will need Shaq against the Heat in the next round and getting him some run before being thrown into that fire would have been a boost. The good news is rumors are it will be next weekend before that series starts, so Shaq will get plenty of time to get right.

  1. andyhr17 - Apr 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    No point in even considering playing him against the Knicks. Need to just rest him and start to get anything you can out of him in the next round. Even if you’re just talking 15-20 minutes a game, anything helps.

  2. cuttraw89 - Apr 24, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Shaq done…he just tryna get another ring like kobe and retire

    • andyhr17 - Apr 24, 2011 at 10:32 PM

      Thanks for the obvious observation. Isn’t getting a ring the goal of all players? Isn’t trying to get one last ring before retire what ALL players try to do?

  3. redbear18 - Apr 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    If shaq is ready for the Miami series, expect it to look a lot like the Knicks series. Boston is already loaded with talent and depth whereas miami has little talent to speak of outside of the big 3. On top of that, the big 3 are a shooting guard, a small forward, and an under-producing power forward who plays more like a small forward. Boston has 3 extremely good post players in shaq, Kevin Garnett, and Glen Davis. If they use them correctly, they can pound the Heat inside and they won’t be able to answer. Celtics in 5.

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