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Celtics C Shaq to miss Game 1 against Knicks

Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2011 2:20 pm
Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal will not play in Game 1 against the New York Knicks due to injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. shaquille-oneal

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge told the media on Saturday that center Shaquille O'Neal will not be available for Game 1 against the New York Knicks on Sunday as expected. "He's not ready. We don't know when he's going to be ready," Ainge said, according to The team's doctor, Dr. McKeon, said: "He's been working his tail off." reported on Twitter that O'Neal "tried to run this am, couldn't go. No timetable."

O'Neal missed a significant amount of time during the latter half of the regular season due to a variety of ailments, including an Achilles injury. He attempted to make a comeback on April 3 but was shut down after just six minutes of action. Those six minutes were the only court time he's seen since February 1.

The Celtics could certainly use O'Neal as their vaunted interior depth took a hit with the midseason trade of Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Without O'Neal, the Celtics will have to make due with Nenad Krstic and Jermaine O'Neal and can also shift to some small ball lineups. Against the Knicks, Shaq's absence isn't critical -- as New York could not care less about defense and rebounding -- but his availability for a potential second round series against the Miami Heat or a potential Eastern Conference Finals with the Boston Celtics could be a major factor.

On the season, O'Neal is averaging 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20.3 minutes. He appeared in just 37 games for the Celtics.

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:35 pm

Celtics C Shaq to miss Game 1 against Knicks

    Yes, Ainge was the executive when the NEW format began in the NBA (superstars going where THEY WANT and playing together for THEIR choice of teams). He was an executive who "facillitated" the first superstar trio.
    Other than that, he has been a lousy front office man - who made continual mistakes in trying to put together good teams with good chemistry for the Celtics.
    Other than that - AND MOST IMPORTANT: He hamstrung his team right when they needed to gather themselves for a last run through the league, and the beginning of the playoffs. AND HE DID NOT HAVE TO DO THIS!!!!
     I'm with you Art, I wish he will be drummed out of the league with a reputation for incompetency (sp).

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2011 1:10 pm

Celtics C Shaq to miss Game 1 against Knicks

Actually, Shaq made a pretty substantial impact early on in the season when he was healthy and JO and Perk were both out.  10 PPG, 5 RPG, and a 66% FG percentage in 20 minutes per game is a high-efficiency shot in the arm from an "old, washed up, slow" center.     

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:02 am

Celtics C Shaq to miss Game 1 against Knicks

I think you are getting a bit carried away.  Ainge did make the bold trades to put the Big Three together and win a title and almost two.  The C's had been a joke for some time before.  If you think he is bad, try being a Knicks fan having to deal with Isiah Thomas as GM for five years.  He was the worst GM in history and he replaced the second worst in Layden.  Ainge is way better than either of the two.  I agree that Perkins should not have been traded though.  They have no other tough defensive presence in the front court.  Krstic is not a bad player, but he is not a good defender and lacks the physical toughness.  He lacks the intimidation.  Now, you are asking to rely on Shaq to replace his production.  You are asking a player who is old, slow, and a washed up cripple to make an impact.  He has played exactly FIVE minutes since the beginning of February.  His very presence slows down an offense to the point they are walking and forces it to cater to him.  A once dominant player, it looks like a grandfather playing basketball with his grandchildren.  So, even with the Old Cripple, Boston does not have a good inside game either.  Even against the lack of an inside game the Knicks have, I don't think he can come back and be effective.  It is time for him to retire already.  Whoever thinks he can make an impact has visions of his days in LA and Orlando and even when he first got to Miami.  That Shaq is long gone. They may get by NY (I think they will), but against the Bulls, they are toast and this team is very old.  Their window is rapidly closing.  Garnett is not as effective, and Allen and Pierce have lost a step as well.  Their window to win it all is this year.  The Big Three, who are already old, are going to be yet another year older next season and if Shaq returns, they will have a 40 year old cripple.  Between the Big Three, Jermaine O'Neal, and Shaq, this team is very old and both O'Neals are approaching empty on the gas tank.  KG does not have much left either and has also been slowed with his knees.  Allen and Pierce are still effective, but they won't be able to get as much as an offensive load as they once did.  They will need to build around Rondo and hope Pierce can give them a couple of more solid seasons.  This trade will end up hurting them more next season (or when the lockout ends) when their record falls off.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 10:18 pm

Celtics C Shaq to miss Game 1 against Knicks

Shaq was a has been 4 years ago. To rely on him for a championship run is just plain stupid. Take a bow Dany Ainge...

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 5:40 pm

Celtics C Shaq to miss Game 1 against Knicks

  As has been said a thousand times: Ainge served to sabotage his team'm chances for the Eastern Championship (let alone for the NBA title). There was NO REASON to trade Perkins. In effect, Ainge broke off a starting player - a KEY defensive player from the starting lineup.

   If it didn't hurt KG, Pierce, and Allen, I would say you deserved it Danny Ainge.

   He took away the main front court preence - that player who would be desperately needed to nullify the opponents bigs down the lane, and gave away his team's main rebounder.

    I hope Ainge loses all credibility for this. I hope he crashed and burns, and is never in that position of power again.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:42 pm

Celtics C Shaq to miss Game 1 against Knicks

I really think the Celtics made a huge mistake trading Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder.  The Thunder are much better off and now the Celtics are hurting.  This is an aging Celtics team and this could be their last run at an NBA title.  Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Shaq, Jermaine O'Neal, and others sure don't have much time left in a Celtics uniform, or any uniform for that matter.  I really hope they are all healthy for possibly their final run at a title.  I would sure like to hear something from the Celtics organization about their current thoughts about the Perkins trade now.  Hindsight is always perfect, but the trade really looks like it could come back and bite the Celtics hard.  I didn't like it when it was announced.  Now only time will tell how smart the move was.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:23 pm

Celtics C Shaq to miss Game 1 against Knicks

You just have to wonder whether or not Shaquiile O'Neal is really finished with his career.  Just too many injuries this year, regardless of what his heart is telling him.  There's absolutely no question the Celtics need him for their playoff run. especially after the Kendrick Perkins trade with Oklahoma City.  Jermaine O'Neal is a good backup, but not a solid starter.  The Celtics should be OK versus the Knicks without Shaq, but he will be certainly needed in subsequent rounds (Heat).    Really hope he regains his health in time for the Celtics for a good playoff run.  This team has the right ingredients, but they have to be availble and in place.  The Perkins trade now looks very questionable for this rapidly aging team and their hopes for another NBA title.

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