As expected, center Shaquille O’Neal will miss tonight’s game in Portland as he continues to rest/rehab his injured hip.
Said Shaq: “It was kind of sore and I did what I usually do, go in the Bruins locker room and get in the hot tub. Get loose, try to get my hip flexible but it was still stiff. When I did that, I told Doc, my (hip’s) kind of stuff. I can’t get loose.”
The move makes sense on a few levels. Shaq has only missed one game thus far and why not rest him after the long west coast trip to Portland when you could really use him in Phoenix on Friday?
This is a huge test for the Celtics as they’ll play against some of the better teams in the league. Semih Erden will start in his place as the Celtics will continue to limit Kendrick Perkins’ minutes as he returns from his knee injury.