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Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: March 7, 2011 1:36 pm
 
Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. shaq-asw

Update: The Boston Globe reports on Monday that O'Neal will miss at least a week.
Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, plagued by various nagging injuries, has played in just 36 games this season and hasn't made an appearance since February 1.

CSNNE.com reports that O'Neals absence will continue indefinitely due to "right foot soreness."  
The Celtics have no idea when the 7-foot-1 center, who turned 39 years old Sunday, will return to action. When asked about O'Neal and a likely return date, coach Doc Rivers acknowledged he had no idea. "[O'Neal] worked out with us the other day," Rivers said. "Some of the pain returned."
Rivers spoke with Ed Lacerte, the team's head trainer. "Eddie just said don't expect him anytime soon," Rivers said.
The Celtics haven't missed a beat in O'Neal's absence, or anyone else's for that matter. Boston has seen virtually every member of its rotation miss time due to injury this season - and they recently traded starting center Kendrick Perkins - but it hasn't impacted their ability to roll through the regular season. 

Without O'Neal, the Celtics have played more small ball as they work to integrate center Nenad Krstic (acquired for Perkins) and free agent big man Troy Murphy, who was signed to bolster their frontcourt depth. As of Monday, the Celtics sat atop the Eastern Conference with a sparkling 46-15 record.

O'Neals numbers have taken a big hit this year - he's averaging 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20.7 minutes - and the end is fast approaching. At this point of the season and at this juncture of the 39 year old O'Neal's career, it's naive to maintain hope that he will be in tip top shape come playoff time. With that said, his raw size and ability to give fouls against guys like Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Andrew Bynum would be a huge asset for Rivers. But Boston's roster is as asset-rich as any in the league, even with a sidelined Shaq. 
Comments

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 8:25 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

I spaced and didn't realize there was a game last night. Good thing.....I just looked at the score. lol Celtics defintiely have to get their shit together and re-focus on the goal at hand. Still, I'm not worried. Go figure.

Regarding Perk, I hate to tell you this because you're obviously taking pleasure in thinking that Perk doing good is painful to me, but I'm still rooting for Perk. I would love to see him put up a 20-10 stat line every night. Of course, the headline I ready said his debut for the Thunder was "quiet"...slight contrast from your take. 6 pts, 9 rebounds.....decent, but nothing to get excited about.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:35 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Ouch...there they go again...I heard Perkins looked good for OKC.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

I have the utmost respect for the Celtics.  I just like to get on their fans nerves a bit.  Personally, I am hoping the Bulls knock the green out.  Love beating the Celtics, but it is a horrible two week period for sure.  Please don't take what I post too seriously.  Most of it is simple smack.  That being said, I hope the Celtics get their but kicked tonight by the Nets. Cool



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:42 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

As you said, a record is a record. But yeah, I thought the same thing: it's the Bucks. But that's my point....big whoop.

You give way too much credence to the Lakers' small successes and the Celtics' small failures, yet don't even register the Lakers' small failures and the Celtics' small successes. You also don't evaluate the teams you dislike, such as the Celtics and Heat, with any modicum of even-handedness. If you were somewhat fair-minded, I could take what you post about the Celtics a little more seriously. Not that this should matter to you at all, because you don't know me....I'm just explaining where I'm coming from.




Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 10:23 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Against the Bucks!  Seriously!  I will give them credit though, a record is a record.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 8:44 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

A stat line from one game? It means that much to you?  Anyway, I checked it out after I read your post. Bynum had, I think, 22 points and 15 rebounds. Solid, but hardly earth-shaking. Kevin Love has been doing that in his sleep all season.

It's funny how when the Lakers suck, it doesn't mean much, but one guy on the Lakers put up good stats in one game or the Celtics have one bad game and it means everything. lol

But I can play this game. Did you see the Celtics set a new franchise record last night?




Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

I'll worry about the Lakers if and when I have to.

My friend, check out that stat line from last night.  I think your time has come.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Yep.  I don't know what the Laker bigs did and I don't care much. lol

I'll worry about the Lakers if and when I have to.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 12:18 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Uhoh...how about them Laker bigs tonight?  Still comfortable with Krstic, the Oneals and one legged Big baby?



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 10:30 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Yeah, Celtics dropped another game they should have won. Ah well, it happens. It happened a lot more last season and the Celtics did okay in the postseason if I recall correctly. Only a fool (or a Lakers fan?) would make too much out of two Celtics losses. Anyway, I have the Lakers to look to as an example. I know they've had at least one 4-game losing streak and at least 2 3-game losing streaks this season and they're still okay, so I'm still feeling very good about the Celtics.


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