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Shaq returns versus Pistons, injures calf

Posted on: April 3, 2011 6:26 pm
Edited on: April 3, 2011 7:07 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Shaq actually returned, for real, to the Celtics today. On his first trip down the floor though, he presumably re-injured the Achilles that sidelined him for so long. However, rest easy Celtic fans, the team says it was a right calf strain. Shaq left the game, limping off the floor. Reports say he had to be wheelchaired to the locker room.

It looks like the Celtics dodged a big one with Shaq not re-injured the Achilles, but still, the question is begged: What happens come playoff time? Can Shaq really hold up for four seven-game series, much less just one? He's a bit out of game shape right now so that's definitely part of it. But still, the risk of trading Kendrick Perkins relied heavily on the health of a beat up 39-year-old center and so far, he hasn't been able to get healthy.

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Following the will he, won't he saga of when Shaquille O'Neal is to return has gotten about as old as the Big Diesel himself. But via CSN New England, Shaq says he's going to try and give it a go tonight versus Detroit.

“I’m going to try,” he said. “We’ll see.”

Of course Shaq has missed the last couple months because of an Achilles injury that has taken forever to fully heal. It would be very nice for Boston to get him back, especially with Nenad Krstic out for the moment with a strained knee.

Doc Rivers recently said he hoped to get Shaq back before the playoffs and the reasoning is obvious. Rivers wants Shaq to work off some of the rust, get in game shape and be ready to go full out during a playoff series. If Boston were to get him back tonight versus Detroit, that would give O'Neal seven games to get settled in again.

Whatever the case, this sounds promising as there has been some worry that Shaq might not ever be ready to go again as this thing kept strining out. But it sounds like he's feeling good, looking good and very close to a return.
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Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: April 4, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Shaq returns versus Pistons, injures calf

he never been a 82 game player but whenever he is in the game  he is and has always been a presence. but it is about time to hang it up.



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: April 4, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Shaq returns versus Pistons, injures calf

As used in the article, "the question is begged," is a totally incorrect usage of the English language.  Google it a second and get it straight.  Shaq's existence prooves leprechauns exist.  Go Shaq!



Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:00 am
 

Shaq returns versus Pistons, injures calf

I have had him on my fantasy teams on and off all year, at the first of the year you could count on him, I think watching the points on a guy on your fantasy is actually a pretty accurate way of telling how he is performing, and well Shaq is looking pretty useless lately, love the guy but I dont tink he can Contribute enough points at this point in his career. I know the Celtics don't want to hear that, but if I was Danny Ainge I would be looking for big men in the upcoming NBA Draft.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 12:08 am
 

Shaq returns versus Pistons, injures calf

I guess Shaq was a Laker after all.  He is getting to screw the Celtics one more time.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Shaq returns versus Pistons, injures calf

Looks like Shaq won't be able to get his 50 championships like he wanted...thank God he's just bench fodder now though...his face time was one of the worst things about the 2ks.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Shaq returns versus Pistons, injures calf

He's a bit out of game shape right now so that's definitely part of it.
Yeah... he's a bit out of shape right now? Pretty sure he has been out of shape since the 3rd grade.



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Shaq returns versus Pistons, injures calf

He needs to retire. He won't even stay healthy for a 7 game series and clearly not for entire playoffs. Hurt again already lol.



Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Shaq returns versus Pistons, injures calf

He walked out of the arena under his own power and with just a slight limp, only about 90 minutes after the injury occurred.  It isn't _great_ that a 39 year old 400-pound man who was already very rusty got injured again, but it does not appear that this will cost Shaquille any of the 2011 playoffs.  And he looked pretty good for the 7 minutes he was on the court.  As a Celtics fan, my concern level is a 4 out of 10.


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