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  1. Celtics not intimidating teams this time around

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Be very, very careful reading much into the end of the regular season when trying to predict the playoffs. The Lakers stumbled the final games of the regular season, Boston took the final few weeks off and was 11-11 right before the playoffs. They were the teams in Game 7 of the finals. But one…

  2. “Just wait until Shaq gets back” is legitimate argument for Boston

    Apr 9, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    The Chicago Bulls made their statement Thursday. Right now, the Bulls are the better team. If Thursday had been Game 1 of a seven-game series the Celtics would be in trouble. After the game, Kevin Garnett talked about Boston having another gear for the playoffs. Their fans are counting on that. That those days off…

  3. Shaq could return to Celtics Friday; Krstic back Tuesday

    Apr 4, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Shaq injured

    It’s just a calf strain. It’s not the Achilles that kept Shaquille O’Neil out for more than month. What happened to Shaq on Sunday was just a calf strain. Everyone kept saying that (especially Celtics fans). Still, Celtics players were a little down. Then came good news from Doc Rivers today that Shaq could be…

  4. Shaq comes back! Then gets hurt.

    Apr 3, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

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    Hey, so remember earlier when we told you Shaq might play Sunday night? Yeah, good news, he did play! Looked good to start out, too, making a layup and swatting away a layup. Things looked great. You know how this ends, right? Shaq came up limping against the Pistons in the first half, and did…

  5. Shaq will definitely maybe try to play tonight. Perhaps.

    Apr 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    The Celtics could use Shaquille O’Neal back. Anytime. Really, whenever you feel up to it, big guy. Danny Ainge said maybe Sunday. Some estimates were for April 1st, which of course didn’t work out.  They need him with Nenad Krstic out with  bone bruise and Jermaine O’Neal trying to find his legs and the team…

  6. Celtics Krstic out at least two games, to undergo MRI

    Apr 1, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    When the Boston Celtics take the floor in Atlanta Friday night, Jermiane O’Neal will be the starting center. But he has been off with knee surgery since January, now playing on the second night of a back-to-back. He can’t be counted on for big minutes. So who follows him? Good question. It will not be…

  7. Celtics center Nenad Krstic leaves game with knee injury

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 11:51 pm: The Celtics announced that Krstic will undergo an MRI on his knee on Saturday, after the Celtics return to Boston. You can count him out for Friday night’s game against the Hawks in Atlanta for sure, as well as Sunday against Detroit. Somewhere in between there we should learn how long he…

  8. So when is it for Shaq? Ainge says he could pay Sunday.

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

    Earlier today, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Shaquille O’Neal might not really be ready to go for a while and his recovery could bleed into the playoffs. Then in the afternoon Celtics GM Danny Ainge went on WEEI radio and said that Shaq could be back this weekend or not long after, according to the…

  9. Doc Rivers says Shaq may not return until playoffs

    Mar 31, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Okay Boston fans, now you can start to really worry. Doc Rivers pushed the timeline back for Shaq’s return from an Achilles tendon injury again, this time maybe as far back as the start of the playoffs, friend of the site A. Sherrod Blakely reports at CSN New England. (He also notes the Celtics have…

  10. Free throw shooting: It’s not about where you’re from, it’s about height

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

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    Fascinating bit of research we want to point you to over at Basketball-Prospectus that shows the numbers back up what you already knew — big men do not shoot free throws as well as smaller players. But, don’t go thinking foreign players are better at it than Americans. Kevin Pelton crunched the numbers a few…

  11. Spurs, Celtics slouching towards playoffs; count them out at your own peril

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Back at the All-Star break, a Celtics vs. Spurs finals seemed like a good bet. Sure, it made the guys who count the profits at ABC/Disney nervous — you know they want Lakers/Heat, and they really don’t want the Spurs — but the Celtics and Spurs were playing the best basketball by far. That matchup…

  12. Jermaine O’Neal back practicing with Celtics, may play this week

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    One of the O’Neals is ready to return to Boston. Jermaine O’Neal will return from knee surgery to Boston practices this week and said he hopes to be playing center Thursday night against the Spurs in a battle of the slumping superpowers. Doc Rivers said fat chance he’ll play that soo our man A. Sherrod…

  13. Latest Shaq timetable: April 3. Or 5. Somewhere in there.

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Shaq_dunk

    Last we heard, Shaquille O’Neal might have been back by April 1. Nope. He had a shot to ease pain in his foot and has been wearing a boot, which should come off later this week, but Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe not to expect the big man back that fast. Think April 3.…

  14. Jermaine O’Neal set to return by the end of the month

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Kendrick Perkins is gone, but the sky isn’t falling for Boston’s defense. Even with only one true center (if Nenad Krstic even qualifies) in the rotation, the Celtics have posted two fantastic defensive performances in a row, holding both the Grizzlies and the Knicks to under 97 points per 100 possessions. That’s a remarkable level…

  15. Don’t ask Shaq about facing Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum in the playoffs

    Mar 25, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal has only appeared in 36 games for the Celtics this season, and hasn’t appeared in any since Feb. 1. But Boston didn’t add Shaq for the regular season, they added him with the hope that he’ll provide some size and depth at the center position for what the team hopes will be another…

  16. Report: Shaq to return to Celtics by April 1. No fooling.

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Boston just needs to get everyone back and healthy for the playoffs, then everything will be just fine. That’s the mantra, so say it with me. Everyone back and healthy for the playoffs. But they could use to get their big men back a little before that. Just to remember what everybody looks like, work…

  17. Jason Kidd admits he might retire if there is a lockout

    Mar 19, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    Father time has not been able to stop Jason Kidd. At 38 he has transformed his game, become one of the more deadly three-point shooters around, and he can still lead a team. He has said he wants to play until he’s 40. But a lockout that wipes out all of next season could change…

  18. Danny Ainge most concerned that Celtics get healthy, rested

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There’s Rajon Rondo’s slump. There’s Shaquille O’Neal’s health and skills. There’s getting the No. 1 seed in the East. There’s a couple tough road trips ahead. There’s plenty of things that Celtics GM Danny Ainge could worry about. But what he is most worried about is getting the Celtics healthy and rested headed into the…

  19. Should the Celtics be worried about their defense?

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Nenad Krstic foul

    This season, every contender has shown a chink in their armor. We talked about the Spurs defense struggling lately. Miami and Los Angeles have had ugly losses to weak teams. Chicago is untested and unproven in the playoff cauldron. And Boston’s defense may be a concern. Ever since the Kendrick Perkins trade there was the…

  20. Shaq teaming up on “no holds barred” book

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    Think there might be a Kobe chapter? According to WEEI in Boston, Shaquille O’Neal is working on a new book with one of the nation’s best sportswriters, Jackie MacMullan (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register). “She knew things that I’d forgotten about. We were sitting at the house talking — we meet twice…

  21. Next up for Kobe on all-time scoring list? Shaq.

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Tuesday night in Atlanta, Kobe Bryant passed Moses Malone to move into sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kobe has shot up the list since October, having this season already passed John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes. Next up: Shaq. You know Kobe is going to savor that one.…

  22. Shaq says he’s “85 percent,” could be back next week

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Danny Ainge has placed a big bet on Shaquille O’Neal. He went from the summer insurance plan to the guy who should be the starting center for the Celtics in the playoffs. If he’s healthy. The Celtics yesterday decided to stop guessing when he might be back, but Shaq himself told ESPNBoston — at his…

  23. Shaquille O’Neal now out “indefinitely”

    Mar 6, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal will be back in the Celtics lineup… sometime. Just as he was about to return from a right Achilles tendon injury, now he is having right foot soreness. Basically, the Celtics have stopped trying to guess when he will be back, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England. “He (O’Neal) worked out…

  24. Celtics Glen Davis suffers patella tendon strain, MRI Thursday

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Boston Celtics

    And the Celtics have another big man go down to injury. How long and how severe we find out Thursday. Glen “Big Baby” Davis suffered a patella tendon strain Wednesday night while taking a fourth quarter shot attempt against the Phoenix Suns. He will have an MRI Thursday to determine the severity of the injury,…

  25. What does Troy Murphy bring to Boston?

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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    The Boston Celtics got Troy Murphy and the Miami Heat didn’t. In the end, that may be the biggest part of the Murphy signing by the Celtics. Boston already had some depth, even though their front line is banged up now. Miami on the other hand really needs a guy who can stretch the floor…

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