Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  13 responses

Doc Rivers: Shaq to Be Ready by Game 3 ‘For Sure’

The Celtics have said it many times, but this time you should apparently believe it (maybe?), Shaquille O’Neal will play professional basketball again this year, and presumably very soon. From the Boston Herald: “The daily, and tiresome, Shaquille O’Neal watch may finally be nearing its end. Before Game 1 of the Celtics’ series with the Miami Heat [Sunday], coach Doc Rivers, nearly guaranteed that Shaq, who is inactive [in Game 1], will play in either Game 2 or 3. The O’Neal updates have been a daily occurrence for the past three months and despite numerous positive updates, O’Neal has remained sidelined (except for a five-minute stretch in early April) … ‘He’s getting very close,’ Rivers said. ‘Honestly, we had to actually make the decision today so that’s better than what we had to do in the past. He’s getting close. Maybe next game. If not, I would say, for sure, Game 3.’ That’s the most definitive timetable Rivers has provided, but O’Neal still is having some issues with his right calf and Achilles tendon.”

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  • Yesse

    Might be too late.

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  • stayweird38

    Haha I forgot this fat old fart was on the team

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ Speedy


  • Brandon

    Shaquille won’t make a difference. He’ll get eaten for lunch too.


    Shaq to be ready by the NBA FINALS. BOOK IT!

  • smoovemann

    dear heat fans..J. Jones will NOT have 25 point again in this series mark my words, that was fools gold. he was the X factor, poor defense on him allowed him to get hott

  • ALEX80

    if weed is good, green is good, GO CELTICS!!!!

  • burnt_chicken

    Big. Hard. Fouls. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Shaq drop a Flagrant 1 on Bosh that keeps Chris close to the arc with doe-eyes-wide-open for the rest of the series.

  • robb

    lol Bosh’s gonna start shooting three pointers

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    shaq will snap his ankles off…don’t get gassed up. celtics will still get dropped.

  • Zabba

    J. Jones may not get 2 again but Bosh won’t get 8.

  • hoodsnake

    Shaq will be back for game 3? Sorry I don’t believe in the Easter Bunny.