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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  9 responses

Celtics Not Too Worried About Shaq’s Injury

Doc Rivers doesn’t want to rush O’Neal back into the lineup, but he thinks the calf injury isn’t very serious, and says Shaq could even play this weekend. From the Boston Herald: “As for talk of shutting Shaq down until the postseason, Rivers said, ‘If that’s what it requires. We’re going to do whatever they tell us is required. Other than that, I would love to play him a couple of games. It’s just a calf strain and not that bad, not that severe. He may play at the end of the week; we’re just not sure yet. Eddie (Lacerte, team trainer) and (team physician Dr. Brian) McKeon thought (it’s a) minor injury, not a big deal — except for it’s Shaq, he’s big and he’s 30-whatever (39).’ The coach has said he needs at least one O’Neal, but he’d like a full house of Shaq and Jermaine, with a side order of Nenad Krstic and, of course, the indispensable Glen Davis. ‘When they’re all there, I like them,’ Rivers said. ‘I just want them all to be there. I think they will be; I really do. I don’t know if it’ll be with games played going into it, but if that’s what it is, you’ve just got to deal with that. But I do think they’ll all be there.’ After seeing Shaq make all three of his shots and alter the action under both baskets, the Celtics were reminded of how important he can be. ‘I blinked, and he was gone,’ [Ray] Allen said. ‘And then when I looked at the stats, I was like, he had six points just like that. So his effectiveness was definitely felt out there. I’m glad to see that he’s not doing too poorly with what happened to him.’”

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  • Will Lee

    let’s go Cs

  • http://zogs zogs

    MAN THE CELTS SHOULD BE WORRIED CAUSE IF SHAQ CANT PLAY 6 MINUTES THERES NO WAY HE CAN BE HEALTHY ENOUGH FOR THE POST SEASON. J.O SAME THING. BUT IF THOSE TWO STAY HEALTHY, CELTS STEALING IT FROM MY MAN KOBE. BUT WE ALL KNOE THAT ITS VERY UNLIKELY FOR THEM BOTH TO STAY HEALTHY SO IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER LAKER YEAR!

  • http://zogs zogs

    my bad for caps

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    If they get to the Finals they aren’t gonna prevail unless they’ve got Shaq. I’d say sit him the remainder of the season as a precaution. No sense risking further injury. It’s not as important to have him play now as it will be deep into the playoffs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    they are already for sure in so they should take it easy with him n let him rest til the post season just to be careful

  • roman

    That’s bs- they are very concerned. Make sure Ainge is alright- keep that Dr. close by.

  • T-Money

    i don’t trust the celtics’ medical staff. two years ago, they said that kg would miss like a couple of games and he ended up never coming back.

  • MJ23LBJ6

    I dont know Shaq is a very tough guy and he was actualy in pain even you could se it on his face

  • Celtics fan

    Shaq is ALL DONE unless he looses AT LEAST 50 pounds and that will not happen.He eats WAY,WAY TOO MUCH and he won’t get in shape.

    http://youtu.be/lEzLSVXEqSA

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