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Doc Rivers says Shaq will play in Game 3

May 5, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

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Desperate times call for desperate measures.

And right now there is no desperate measure quite like Shaquille O’Neal.

Boston coach Doc Rivers told the media today that Shaq would be a go in Game 3 Saturday at the Boston Garden, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England. Rivers also said that the rest of the banged up Celtics — Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, really pretty much all of them — will play in Game 3, too.

I get your skepticism on Shaq. I do. (We remember how many times we heard KG was coming back from the Celtics in 2009.) But I tend to believe this is going to happen. The Celtics are desperate for a change and they have had three days off between games to rest him. Shaq will not start but will play.

This could be good news, but how good is in question.

The Heat have had their best success this season when they have gone small, with Chris Bosh at the four and Joel Anthony at the five. Shaq changes that — even at this age and as hobbled as he is, Shaq can post up and back down Anthony, scoring quite easily over the undersized center. He will force the Heat to adjust to Boston for the first time this series.

Problem is, how much can Shaq really play. He has played 5 minutes of game time since February, and this is a player not exactly known for his conditioning in the first place. Can he go 10 minutes?

From how the first two games of this series looked, 10 minutes of Shaq is not going to be enough without some other dynamic changes for Boston

  1. keyshawn22 - May 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Now the Celtics will finally have someone to team with KG and prevent Wade and James getting to the rim every possesion. Shaq wont miss the shots Baby and Jermaine missed at the rim in the possesions following when it was tied with 6 or so minutes left. Rondo will have Shaq as an outlet when he gets to the rim as well, game 2 he would get to the rim and be trapped. Celtics will even the series now and put the pressure back on the heat to respond.

    • hnirobert3 - May 6, 2011 at 7:45 AM

      Until the Heat pick and roll Shaq to a heart attack.

  2. flash316 - May 5, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Shaq will be able to play 10 minutes at best, do you seriously think that he will make that much of a difference to anything that is going on in this series?! This is 2011, not 2001. All I am expecting to see is an out of shape fat old man hobbling up and down the court. Big Z will look like Usain Bolt in comparison to the Big Sick Note…

    • andyhr17 - May 5, 2011 at 9:18 PM

      Yeah, Shaq is old and slow….but don’t start getting so damn delusional in thinking that Z is any less old and slower.

  3. bigdickjimmy - May 5, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Wait…..Shaq hasn’t retired yet?

  4. flash316 - May 6, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    That was obviously sarcasm where I was referring to Big Z as Usain Bolt… I will simplify it for you, Shaq will make no difference what so ever.

    Rondo being more aggressive from the off and Pierce somehow trying to find a way to score are the keys. We are playing a lot of small ball, it would make more sense for you to run with Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Green and Garnett… Then the task would be harder.

  5. ezwriter69 - May 6, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    As with any reported Sasquatch sighting, I’ll believe it when I see it…

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