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Shaq out for Game 3, more likely for Game 4

Posted on: April 22, 2011 3:37 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

Shaq traveled with the team to New York. There was some thinking that he might actually return for Game 3 because of that. Doc Rivers led everyone to believe as much with his comments before the team left. But via CSN New England, it looks like Shaq will sit in Game 3.

“I don’t want to talk. Let the players talk. I’m just trying to get back,” O’Neal said as he left the floor following Friday morning’s shoot-around.

The fact that the 39-year-old is with the team on the road is a signal that O’Neal’s health is improving. Although he is with the team for Games 3 and 4, Rivers said he’s definitely out for tonight’s Game 3 matchup and is doubtful for Game 4 on Sunday.

“He’s just feeling better,” Rivers said. “He’s close. I don’t know what he needs to show me. He’s not ready to play yet, but he’s getting closer. The fact that he’s getting closer, you bring him on the road.”

(Let me say, "He's close" is really getting old. I realize Rivers has to say something, when asked every day about Shaq's condition, but if I were Doc I'd just say, "Hey, I'll let you know when he's back, OK?")

Without Shaq again tonight, the Celtics will turn to Jermaine O'Neal once again and hope he produces. While it's more likely Shaq will see some time in Game 4, if the Celtics go up 3-0, I wouldn't be shocked if Rivers used the extra time off to rest Shaq for that game in hopes of a sweep.
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Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Shaq out for Game 3, more likely for Game 4

Well said.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Shaq out for Game 3, more likely for Game 4

Shaq is a living legend in the NBA, but he is done. Sad to say, but his days of being relevant on the court are behind him.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Shaq out for Game 3, more likely for Game 4

Yeah right. For how long this time? Do you actually think he can make it through a game. Say like 10-15 minutes of playing time? I seriously doubt it!

I will have to see it to beleive it!



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Shaq out for Game 3, more likely for Game 4

Chris: When is the last time Shaq took anyone to a championship?  He has been totally irrelevant for years!



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Shaq out for Game 3, more likely for Game 4

Shaq does the same thing every season. He claims he is injured until his team is in the playoffs then if they get past game one he magically recovers and takes them to a championship.



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Shaq out for Game 3, more likely for Game 4

You forgot he won a Championship during a stop with the Miami Heat!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Shaq out for Game 3, more likely for Game 4

I don't even know if I can remember all the team he's played for. Let's see..he went from Orlando to Los Angeles, from Los Angeles to Phoenix, from Phoenix to Cleveland, and from Cleveland to Boston. How many all-time players whore themselves out so willingly? What's next, will he be riding the pine in a Wizards jersey? Or is he serious about going overseas and playing for several more years?



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Shaq out for Game 3, more likely for Game 4

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