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Shaq will not practice Wednesday, Thursday. Will he play against Heat?

Apr 27, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

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Now we return to Shaq Watch 2011… and still no sign of the big man.

He did not practice Wednesday and will not Thursday according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England on twitter. That does leave open the chance that he practices on Friday and will be ready to go Sunday, but do you want to bet on that?

Things are getting serious because the Miami Heat loom starting on Sunday (unless Philly can extend the series to seven games, which is not happening), and we have still seen just five minutes of Shaquille O’Neal since Feb. 1 due to Achilles and calf issues. This round the Celtics are going to be able to exploit his ability to score in the post, they need him back.

The Celtics were simply a much more efficient team on offense when Shaq was paired with the Big Four (Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo). While the Celtics got quality play out of Jermaine O’Neal in the first round sweep of the Knicks, the Celtics are going to need more out of the center position to get out of the second round.

  1. thestudiokida - Apr 27, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Maybe this seems like a big story now but it won’t be when we reach the post season. Shaq has been out of action so long that he won’t have much of an impact if he comes back. Heat fans might actually hope he comes back against them.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 27, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      dude, the postseason started 10 days ago.

      • andyhr17 - Apr 27, 2011 at 7:38 PM

        Yes. Because it takes so much athleticism to play Shaq’s game: Be 7 feet tall. Dunk. Take up space in the key. Dunk. Block some shots. Foul people….maybe dunk the ball some. Yes. I’m sure he’s forgotten how to play basketball since he’s been injured. Heat fans probably do hope he plays…but then again Heat fans are convinced their team won the championship already when they had their celebration back in June.

    • jrmcool20 - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM

      it does not matter how long shaq has been out , he works out every day he will only need a game or so to get his wind back some ,, also just shaqs presence in the paint and his ability to make a team keep adjusting players to try to guard him is enough for the celtics at this point ,, if they get 15-20 mins from shaq and 20 from j oneal ,,, then the heat will have ALL KINDS of problems in the middle , it also will free up ray a ,,paul p ,, rondo , from the out side and if the heat dont double atleast one of the big 5 then they will give it to shaq under the rim for easy buckets, if they double on shaq then it will free give one of the other 4 an open shot !!! thats the deal when shaq is back in the line up !!! also on weei boston// from shaqs mouth says he will play no matter what and if needs to he will have team doctor shoot up his calf muscle to get threw the playoffs he says he will do what needs to for the team to move on to east conf and to finals !!!!

      • jrmcool20 - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        i think the celts will beat the heat with or without shaq , but if they get shaq in the line up it will make things alot better and abit easier for there big 4 .

  2. celtics9ersangelsnd - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    see none of u see what shaq brings shaq brings a presencehe will force a team that is struggling from perimeter shots to shoot perimeter shots he will clog the middle and on the offensive end he will have the ability to box out and get offensive rebounds which the celts really need

    • jrmcool20 - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      celtics9er — yes i agree ,, my point exactly …

  3. andyhr17 - Apr 28, 2011 at 5:29 AM

    I don’t want to be the grammar police…but I think you maybe forgot a period.

  4. hnirobert3 - Apr 28, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    andyhr17 – Apr 27, 2011 at 7:38 PM
    Yes. Because it takes so much athleticism to play Shaq’s game: Be 7 feet tall. Dunk. Take up space in the key. Dunk. Block some shots. Foul people….maybe dunk the ball some.

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    While his game doesn’t require a lot of athleticism, it’s hard to do anything on the basketball court when your knees, ankles, hamstrings, achilles, etc., have as many miles and pounds on them as Shaq’s do.

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