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Shaq to practice on Friday, and then…

Apr 28, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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Finally there are no more delays, no more reasons to put it off, Shaquille O’Neal is going to practice with the Boston Celtics on Friday, according to a tweet from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Two days before the first game against the Heat.

And then….

Depends on how it goes. Doc Rivers was being pretty Zen about it, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England:

“At the end of the day, either he can do it or he can’t,” Rivers said. “And we have to find out.”

Last time he tried running and practicing the team shut him down again. He has played just 5 minutes of game time since Feb. 1 as they tried to get him right because the time was going to come they really needed him.

That time is now.

Starting Sunday, against Miami, that is when Boston needs Shaq to dominate the glass, be a big body in the paint on defense and to provide enough offense inside to draw defenders and create spacing.

So Friday Shaq practices. And then we’ll see.

  1. jrmcool20 - Apr 28, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    anything they can get out of shaq is a plus ,, if he can play and the Cs can get 18-20 mins from him and 20 mins from j oneal then the heat r in trouble , that will free up the big 4 in all kinds of ways to easy baskets and it really clogs the middle big time !!!

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      you really believe Shaq is that good.
      you better say a prayer for him tonight, he’ll need it.

  2. frankvzappa - Apr 28, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    acting like Shaq is going to make all the difference…celtics in 4, with or without him…they will need him for the lakers, however, lest we see a whole series play out like last year’s game 7…

    • andyhr17 - Apr 28, 2011 at 5:31 PM

      I’m as big of a Celtics fan as anyone else, but I think it’s ridiculous to think the Celtics can sweep the Heat (or vice-versa). Very surprised if this series doesn’t go to 7.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:05 PM

      Shaq is finished, he will practice Friday and drop dead on Saturday.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      that’s funny.hahhahahaha…… they will need him for the Lakers, oh my god, so, what will he do against the Lakers, are you gonna tell me another funny like they beat the Lakers,you should
      perform at Carolines

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      Shaq = WINNING

  3. keyshawn22 - Apr 28, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    I have 100% faith that Shaq will show up when it matters, He has been waiting for this day all season long. Even at 39 he’s still the best center in the NBA not named Dwight Howard for the 22 min he is in the game.

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