No, really. For the first time in a long time, the Boston Celtics were able to practice with all 15 players on the roster on the eve of their game three matchup against the Miami LeBrons. Word has been increasing that injured center Shaquille O’Neal will make his return to the Celtics lineup. This has been a long running joke that has dogged the Celtics for months. Will he/Won’t he has been the pre-game rallying cry fans have been shouting for weeks. Well, looks like Saturday we’ll get our wish and it could not have come at a moment too soon. All will be forgotten if Shaq steps in and asserts his dominance. Nothing says “I love you” to Boston fans like double digit rebounds.
Shaq is and can be capable of being the difference in this series. The Miami Heat have no answer for an inside presence let alone one of the greatest NBA players of all time. A lot, as usual, will ride on Shaq’s soreness level when he wakes up on Saturday morning. Shaq has to return, if the Celtics lose game three, there will be no game five. The Heat looked like they figured it out in game two and the rest of the basketball world should begin to worry. I am not going to say the Heat are not a flawed team, but who cares about flaws when you have Lebron James and Dwayne Wade scoring at will and some guy named Chris Bosh looking like a decent NBA player.