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Shaq practiced and he’ll play. Eventually. Maybe not Game 1.

Apr 29, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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Shaquille O’Neal practiced with the Boston Celtics Thursday and Friday.

He’ll play against the Miami Heat. At some point in the series. Probably.

Yes, I know, pretty vague. But that’s what the Celtics have left us with. CSN New England gives us the quotes from Doc Rivers himself.

“He just did a little bit yesterday,” Rivers said of O’Neal’s involvement in Thursday’s session. “Maybe (he’ll do) some more today, and really, that’s the only update that I have. There’s no decision made or anything….

“I’m more confident now that he will play in the series,” Rivers said. “Maybe (game) one, maybe two but I do think he’ll play. I guess he’s done some stuff with (trainer) Eddie (Lacerte). Eddie’s more confident that he’ll play so that makes me more confident.”

Well, that clears everything up.

Shaq may not decide this series, but he does change things. His presence and scoring ability in the post makes it hard for Miami to play Joel Anthony, the undersized center who is the Heat’s best help defender and shot blocker in the middle. It’s just one of the little matchups that will all add up to some big differences in this series.

  1. dspohn55 - Apr 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Kurt Helin needs to learn how to write a headline. Seriously. Because this guy sucks. Bad.

    • notacelticsfan - Apr 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM


  2. virusgvr - Apr 30, 2011 at 3:06 AM

    Thank God the entire world is awaiting for Shaq to come back. I mean is this guy even relevant anymore? And when he does return, are we all out there supposed to drop our jaws and expect 14/6/3 (or some numbers like that) from

    • davidly - Apr 30, 2011 at 7:26 AM

      No, I think they expect something more like 9/5/1 and a block per twenty minutes, which is just about what he averaged in the 37 games he played this season.

  3. maschingon310 - Apr 30, 2011 at 4:32 AM


  4. budrow - Apr 30, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    All they want is 6 hard fouls from him.

  5. omniusprime - Apr 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Now we see just how utterly stupid it was of Danny Ainge to trade away Perkins during the season, not weeks after he made this moronic move then Shaq gets injured and hasn’t played since. Having the Big 4 big players gave them the best chance to match up against the Repeat World Champion Lakers Big Three Bigs, now they’re going to have to be the masters of small ball. Jermaine O’Neal is soft and with no Shaq or Perk it’s going to be nearly impossible for Garnett and Davis to protect the paint whole games.

    Anyone who thinks that the Celtics-Heatstroke series is what we’ve been waiting for is the epitome of the saying – Simple Things Amuse Simple Minds! No what we’ve been waiting for is the Lakers Celtics rubber match NBA Finals! Thanks Danny for ruining chances of this historic matchup, but then the Heatstroke may not be able to take advantage of a much smaller Ancient Celtics team because Queen James, Dimbulb Wade and Beanpole Bosh are still playoff chokers of the first order. Rose and the Bulls will get all scratched up if they fall into the Laker’s Briarpatch full of thorns.

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