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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: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 10:15 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

The what ifs were meant as a joke.  Ooops...another hiccup last night in Philly I see.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

I know you meant to respond to the other guy, but I gotta say.....I think it's hilarious and revealing that you respond "stop with the what ifs" to a post that was responding to YOUR "what if" post. So typical.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

OOps...sorry...directed by thread toward the wrong misguided Celtic fan.  Sorry for that one boys.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Come on Bizona...if the Lakers had Bynum in 2008 we would have won the championship...stop with the what ifs...if my aunt had balls she would be my uncle...Stop being myopic..Garnett is not the same stopper he was two seasons ago..You are correct about one thing..Shaq is hungry!  You can tell by his big fat face.  The guy won't make it through a playoff series.  I guess we agree to disagree.  Lakers just lost to Miami...so I can't be bragging too much.  We have our own issues.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

WARNERTOHOLT,

"Do you think the Celtics would have given up 108 points to the Clippers with Perkins defending the middle tonight?"
Yes, because Perkins is hurt.  He wouldn't have played.  The Lakers have off-nights too, big guy.  Calm down.

"Shaq, Murphy, JOneal, and Kristic are not better than Perkins."
I have not said that once.  I have never said that. And it is a dumb point... Because it doesn't factor in Jeff Green and it doesn't factor in the fact that the Celtics had the best record in the East WITHOUT KENDRICK PERKINS.

"Shaq will not be healthy again ever."
Oh yeah, who sold you the crystal ball?  Can't wait until the Diesel proves you wrong.  If you don't think Shaq is crazy-hungry for title #5, you're nuts.  They're resting him for the playoffs.  The injury isn't as bad as they're making it out to be.  With Perkins gone, and their ability to win in the regular season without Shaq, they're saving him for a situation where they may need him again Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum.  (Which might not even happen)

"Murphy sucks."

That was insightful.  Thanks.

"Perkins was the heart and soul of that team from a defensive standpoint."
You still don't understand that Kevin Garnett is the heart and soul of the defense?  See two years ago, for example.

Here's the bottom line.
Shaq, Troy Murphy, Nenad Kristic, and Jermaine (not going to lie, I think Jermaine sucks, but I'll include him) are better than JUST RASHEED WALLACE.

If the Celtics had a healthy Kendrick Perkins, OR the four men listed above in last years Game 6 and/or 7, the Celtics had a much, much better shot at winning the title.

Good day, sir.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:28 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

WarnertoHolt: Do you think the Celtics would have given up 108 points to the Clippers with Perkins defending the middle tonight?

If you're going to ask that, I have a better question....if the Celtics still had Perk, would he have been playing? No, because HE'S F'ING INJURED! I really can't understand why that is a complete non-factor to you, but whatever. You say you're not a hater, but honestly man, your posts, your trolling and you're attitude say otherwise.

Last night, the Celtics had a horrible game. It was real bad, but it was just one game. I'm not concerned. If they lose the next 2 or 3, I might start to get concerned, but last night was just a case of the Celtics going cold while the Clippers were scorching hot. That teaches me to say anything bad about the Clippers, though. LOL!

And yes, I did see what the Lakers did to the Spurs. It was very impressive and I gave them credit and praise for that game...something we know to never expect from you in regards to the Celtics. Undecided



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:58 am
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Do you think the Celtics would have given up 108 points to the Clippers with Perkins defending the middle tonight?

Shaq, Murphy, JOneal, and Kristic are not better than Perkins.  Shaq will not be healthy again ever.  A foot problem with a 350 lb center is not a good thing.  He will not make it through a playoff run.  Murphy sucks.  Nice line tonight by him.  JOneal is horrible.  Kristic is a guy who has looked OK so far, but hasn't had to play a great center yet.  Perkins was the heart and soul of that team from a defensive standpoint.  I can't believe you actually used Jeff Green and defense in the same sentence.  See I am not ignoring your comments at all.

I will give you credit thought.  At least you are the first Celtic fan who hasn't stated, "I hear Rasheed is going to come back for a playoff run.  That will put us over the top."

Did you see what the Lakers did to the Spurs last weekend?  There is no worries there.  I could actually see the Lakers sweeping the Spurs.  As for the Thunder.  Thanks to Ainge, they will be more difficult because of Perkins.  A big, wide body leaning on Bynum will tire him out. 



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

One last thing.....

While I'm not holding my breath waiting for it, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that Troy Murphy returns to form and puts up numbers similar to what he did in Indiana. If so, though he's not Perk by any means as far as interior defense, he gives us more offense and more of a rebounding presence than what Perk gave us. That's not a horrible trade-off, especially when the Celtics are still one of the, if not the, best defensive teams in the NBA.

Now, don't twist that WarnertoHolt...I am by no means saying I'd rather have Murphy than Perk....no way. But taken within context of all the other factors, it may end up working out. I really have no idea, but I can't wait to find out and, as I said, I really like our chances.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

I can't speak for all Cetics fans, but for me personally, I don't say the team is better without Perk. If Perk is completely healthy, he's the best option we had. But he's not healthy and I don't get why you keep ignoring that. For all we know, he may never be the same player again. I hope he is because I still love the guy, but who knows? I have no idea, but I'd guess Danny Ainge and the Celtics training staff might know a bit more about it than you or I. As such, the Celtics were either unable or unwilling to risk more than $22 mil on him and at the beginning of this season, the Celtics, the fans and Perk all knew that this season would likely be his last in Green. While you're claiming the Celtics were disrespectful, a $22 mil offer is hardly disrespectful. Plus, Ainge stated that he made sure the trade he made put Perk in a good situation. So Perk finds himself still playing on a competitive team and ends up banking almost $40 mil in the process. If that's disrespectful, I'd like to volunteer to be disrespected.

As for Krstic and the rest, I have no idea if that will be enough, but I didn't know if Perk coming back from a serious injury and long rehab would be enough, either. Again, no one knows, but that's why they play the games. Make no mistake, though, we did need a guy like Jeff Green after Marquis Daniels went down. Anyway, I feel very good about our chances.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

WARNERTOHOLT,

You seem to ignore my messages, but I'll answer you anyways.

"Perkins was the heart and soul of that Celtic starting lineup.  He was the guy who battled in the trenches."

Perkings was the heart and soul of the Celtics starting lineup?  NOT THE OTHER FOUR ALL-STARS???  Give me a break...


" It makes the Thunder a lot more difficult to battle against, but it weakens the ultimate nemesis now and in the future"

We were going to lose Kendrick Perkins this summer.  Now we have a much younger Jeff Green, for the future.  This made our future stronger, not weaker.  Jeff Green is key to play defense against the Heat.  (And the Bulls... We don't need a huge body to guard Noah)

"Lastly, no Celtic fan has answered this question yet.  How come all Celtic fans whine that if they had Perkins in the lineup last year they would have beaten the Lakers.  Now with him gone the Celtics are better?"

Actually, I have asnwered this three different times.  Are you finally going to pay attention???

SHAQ, Troy Murphy, Jermaine O'Neal, Nenad Kristic is better than JUST RASHEED WALLACE.

Do you understand that?

You guys beat the Celtics in Game 6 & 7 when we DID NOT HAVE PERKINS.  All we had was Rasheed Wallace to play center.

Sorry buddy, but Shaq/Murphy/Krisic is going to play defense again Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum much better than old shot-chucker Rasheed Wallace could...

You should worry about the Spurs and the Thunder... Come taunt Celtics fans if you actually make it to the finals.  We have the Bulls to worry about.  (I'm really not afraid of the Heat, or the Magic for that matter.  But losing Perkins only hurts us against Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, if we even have to deal with them...)


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