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Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  21 responses

Doc Rivers ‘Expecting’ Shaquille O’Neal to Play in Game 3

At long last, it appears that Shaq (who, apparently, is still an NBA player) will suit up for the Celtics. Or so hopes Doc Rivers, anyway. From the Boston Herald: “The injury we were really concerned with was obviously Shaq’s, and the other one was Paul,’ said Rivers, who later indicated that the big man’s role could even be limited to just a few minutes. ‘(Jermaine O’Neal) has a stiff back, Rondo has a stiff back – a lot of guys are injured. (But) I am expecting Shaq,’ said the Celtics coach. ‘He told me he was going to play, and Eddie (trainer Lacerte) thought he would play. I expect him to play, and if he didn’t it would be because something went wrong in practice, or his body didn’t respond. But I expect him. We won’t let him do too much, but how much is too much? How the hell do I know? Walking to the floor could be too much. We’ll find that out.’”

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  • Byebye

    YAAAAAAAAAY SHAQ IS BACK
    I THOUGHT BE RETIRED

  • G Diesel

    As if he’s going to have any impact. #Dreaming.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Yawn…

  • Kid Dynamite

    Is that the same Shaq who used to play in the NBA during the Ming Dynasty? LOL

  • toinefan88

    Time to turn this series around Big Shamrock!

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Hes worth 6 hard fouls and 5 missed free throws

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    DOC… IT’S TIME FOR THE HEAT TO PAY. RELEASE THE SHAQEN!

  • ernied

    I can’t saw I am optimistic. Lebron and Wade are making Paul and Ray look ancient out there. Shaq or no Shaq, it’s gonna take those two guys stepping up their play to even this series.

  • MrSuper

    Boston need Shaq to do something he has avoided his whole career: toughen up mentally

  • Zarfan

    I hope Shaq can stop the hulking juggernaut that is… Joel Anthony. No, really, Joel’s +/- during the playoffs is 92, 27 more than second-place.

  • the Dude

    Shaq will make or break the Celtics … sad to say.

  • robb

    Hide your nachos!!!

  • MUBWAR

    39 years old shaq to the rescue. loool really C’s fans. Joel, my canadian monster keep up the good work.

  • RobbieJay

    the Shaqen….

  • Rasta

    Sure hope Shaq receives his doctorate before he officially retires so he could be the first in NBA history to play with such a degree!:)

  • Yesse

    He will play another 5 minutes and score like 6 points and get injured again.

  • Joseph Nelson

    RELEASE THE SHAQ-EN!!!

  • flipnoyce

    6 hard fouls Shaq, make Miami earn every attempt to the hole. NO EASY basket please, thats if you catch them or beat them there first,lol. I hope he doesn’t have a heart attack!!!! One game at a time to even up the series. Doc should play Pdouble as a six man and have Green start to match LBJ tempo, just a thought!

  • Hambone

    What’s the odds on lebron and wade trying to bang on him every second play

  • hoodsnake

    Yeah its a great idea to play a 39 year old 350 pound guy against a fast breaking team smh

  • korda

    i heard he’s close to 400 pounds LMAO

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