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ESPNBoston's Chris Forsberg reports:
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers ruled Shaquille O'Neal out for Sunday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Knicks, noting the 39-year-old center simply is not ready for game action.

O'Neal was present at Madison Square Garden on Saturday as the Celtics engaged in a walk-through after watching film at the team hotel.

"He's not playing [Sunday]," said Rivers. "We didn't do anything to see honestly. We didn't practice, we just walked through. I'm not going to put him out on the floor."

Not a huge suprise honestly, and in the last Shaq Track I said it's probably best if he sits out this series unless it goes past five games. Though in the Forsberg article Doc says that if he was game ready he would play him.

"[He'd] play, because I think he needs to play," Rivers said when asked if he would have utilized O'Neal even with a lopsided series edge. "I think he needs games and I think he needs practices. If he could play [Sunday], we'd play him a little bit, just because the fact that he hasn't had a practice, but he needs live basketball."

Mike Saver 4/23/2011 07:31:00 PM Edit
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10 Responses so far.

  1. mrkC says:

    shaq just rest.. and be ready for those 3 headed beatles.
    but we need some BENCH power.. as I watched all 3 games.. the bench is not doing good enough to add the lead or even hold it.
    cmon West Green Davis Krstic!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hoe to see "Superman" soon!

  3. Im impressed with the solidity the team is gaining despite the shaq effect.

  4. Jon L. says:

    I hope he can come back in round 2. The C's don't need him the rest of this series because Jermaine O'Neal is playing pretty well, but round 2 is a must.

  5. And how bout Brandon Roy taking the game back from the Mavs in Portland. As a NBA fan I had to shed a tear. WOW!!

  6. .chuckT. says:

    i started laughing when i read the title - and i started laughing harder when i saw the picture..LOL

    Shaq - you better get your ass on court in Game 1 of the next round!

  7. Jason says:

    As long as the bench produces, the Heat have no chance. We will close them out in 6. Bosh plays no defense, Anthony no offense and their PGs play neither. What's there to worry about?

  8. Anonymous says:

    The celts cannot realistically get past the huge teams (Orlando/Lakers) without Shaq playing. That said, i think Perk was also very overrated (based on how he's playing now) and Danny couldn've got a better deal for him

  9. Bohemian says:

    He will play against the Heat next weekend.

    Rest that calf, Shaq and get back soon!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Shaq .....if he is not on the floor against the Heat then I think he is gone for the season.. what a joke on all of us.

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