Shaquille O’Neal could possibly make his triumphant return to the Boston Celtics starting lineup on Tuesday when the Celtics take on the Miami Heat in game two of their round two match-up.
Whether or not Shaq laces them up depends on his ability to bounce back from today’s afternoon practice session held at the University of Miami. Said head coach Doc Rivers: “That’s the whole key, whatever we do today, if his body doesn’t react well, you just can’t play him, I’m not going to take that risk for him.”
We once again enter the “We’ll believe it when we see it” mode with Shaq. Let’s face it, the Celtics are a better team with Shaq in the lineup against the Miami Heat. The Heat have no way to answer Shaq in the post and the limited number of minutes that he could provide could be the difference in the series. We as fans just need to realize that Shaq is 39 years old and whatever he gives us will be a bonus. If he is unable to go on Tuesday, Shaq will once again do everything he can to give it a go in game three on Saturday, hopefully.
Shaq has played a total of six minutes worth of basketball since February 1st.