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Shaq at “85 Percent” Talks About Returning Next Week & Paul Pierce Is EC Player Of Week

 

In a bit of a role reversal from the grim news about Shaq’s status last night from A. Sherrod Blakely, Shaquille O’Neal spoke today at his 39th birthday celebration and helped to quiet fears that we may not see the Diesel this month, while pegging himself at 85 percent. Our buddy Greg Payne reporting for ESPNBoston was on the scene and has the scoop from the man himself:

On His Timetable:

“[The Celtics] want me back at 100 percent,” said O’Neal. “I tried to run on it the other day, felt pretty good, but afterwards we kind of took a step back, so hopefully in a few days, in a week or so, I’ll be back.”

On The Injury:

“I have a little Achilles soreness,” O’Neal said. “It gets better, comes back, gets better, comes back. But [Celtics team physician] Dr. [Brian] McKeon is doing a great job, [Celtics trainer] Ed Lacerte is doing a great job. I’ve been working out twice a day, getting a lot of treatment on it. It’ll be right.”

On The Need To Get to 100 Percent Before Returning:

O’Neal said if this were the playoffs, he’d be back in action already, but noted that Rivers and Boston’s Big Three (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen) have all urged him to take his time coming back.

“I would have to probably go through a little bit more old-school tactics, but I have to give my credit to Dr. McKeon and Doc Rivers,” said O’Neal. “They won’t let me shoot. I asked them the other day [if I could shoot]. They said, ‘No, it’s not right. Let’s just get it healthy.’ My hat’s off to Dr. McKeon and Doc Rivers for doing it the right way.

CH’s Analysis: The C’s are going by last year’s playbook when it comes to Shaq and that should be fine by all Celtics fans. With the additions of Murphy and Krstic and a fairly easy schedule upcoming, Boston has enough bigs to get by in the interim with Glen Davis’ return looming at the end of the week, though it would serve the team well to get him some extra rest too.

When it comes to Shaq, ultimately if the team gets the one seed, they wouldn’t need him until the second round of playoffs anyway. That’s not to say he won’t be back well before that, but essentially its the time frame they want him to be back and fully up to speed after returning from what can be a very slow healing injury.

The bigger question with Shaq may be if they can get the one seed without him if he fails to give them much in the rest of the regular season. I’d lean towards yes as long as the rest of the roster begins to get healthy themselves and that’s like the mentality the braintrust is following here.

And as a sidenote, in case you haven’t noticed just how much Paul Pierce has been killing it this past week in lieu of all the injury woes, he won Eastern Conference player of the week for the second time this season. Here’s the official release from the league:

The Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, Mar. 6.

Pierce led Boston to a 4-0 week, averaging 21.8 points on .587 shooting (27-for-46) to go along with 8.0 rebounds. On March 4 vs. Golden State, Pierce tallied 27 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line to secure a 107-103 victory. This is the second time in the 2010-11 season that Pierce has garnered Player of the Week honors.

Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Feb. 28 @ Utah: Scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 107-102 win over the Jazz.
March 2 vs. Phoenix: Recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds in a win over the Suns.
March 4 vs. Golden State: Poured in 27 points to go along with seven rebounds in a 107-103 win over the Warriors.
March 6 @ Milwaukee: Tallied 23 points, five rebounds and four assists in a win over the Bucks.


Pierce also proceeded to put an exclamation point on his candidacy with this throwdown last night:

  • urbeltic

    Murphy looks real bad folks. He kind of reminds me of a Luke Walton who can't shoot, play d, or rebound.

    • MikeD

      Keep in mind he had only played in something like 18 games this entire season before joining the Celtics, and the C's haven't had much practice time since he has joined the team. Doc is only putting him out there right now because he doesn't have enough bodies. It will take him another week or two to start getting comfortable. The man can play basketball.

    • ElRoz

      I will not make conclusions about Troy Murphy: he is just starting to get into basketball shape and getting his timing. I only expect better and more from him. I think the next 2-3 games will see him playing better.

      If Shaq and JO can use the first two week of April/last two weeks of the season to come back…and then also do the same in the first round of the playoffs, it would be quite good.

      Also, let's not make conclusions about Radmanovic or Arroyo right away: give each at least 3 games – even this is not enough. Why do people expect a new guy who hasn't played with the Celtics, and who hasn't played muhc basketball over the last month to come in and contribute a lot right away? Even Green took about 3-4 games.

      • Jmt

        *Sasha Pavlovic, not Radmanovic.

    • John L.

      He's only played 18 games the entire season. Therefore, Murphy is not yet in basketball shape. You have to give him time and be patient.

      • talesofJP

        Not too worried about Murphy, he will play better, it takes time to get acclimated with new teammates.

    • Robert

      Ok, really how in the world is Troy Murphy like Luke Walton other then his skin color?

      Luke Walton is a 6'8" SF, his only notable skill is his above-average passing ability for a bigger guy.
      Troy Murphy is a 6'11 PF, he's a good defensive rebounder and can hit the 3's from the top of the key.

      • urbeltic

        Good point Rob. Troy can't pass as well as Luke either.

  • ElRoz

    I will not make conclusions about Troy Murphy: he is just starting to get into basketball shape and getting his timing. I only expect better and more from him. I think the next 2-3 games will see him playing better.

    If Shaq and JO can use the first two week of April/last two weeks of the season to come back…and then also do the same in the first round of the playoffs, it would be quite good.

    Also, let's not make conclusions about Radmanovic or Arroyo right away: give each at least 3 games – even this is not enough. Why do people expect a new guy who hasn't played with the Celtics, and who hasn't played muhc basketball over the last month to come in and contribute a lot right away? Even Green took about 3-4 games.

    • Morpheus

      Dude it's Pavlovic.

  • John L.

    That's good news for Paul. As far as Shaq I think he's fine, but I think Celtics staff don't want to rush that is why they keep delaying his return.

  • jrmcool20

    <div id="idc-comment-msg-div-133220661" class="idc-message"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(133220661)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fcelticshub.com%2F2011%2F03%2F07%2Fshaq-at-85-percent-talks-about-returning-next-week-paul-pierce%2F%23more-17657#IDComment133220661&t=I%20just%20commented%20on%20Shaq%20at%20%E2%80%9C85%20Percent%E2%80%9D%20Talks%20About%20Returning%20Next%20Week%20%26%20Paul%20Pierce%20%7C%20Boston%20Celtics%20Basketball%20-%20Celtics%20news%2C%20rumors%20and%20analysis%20-%20CelticsHub.com&quot; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(133220661)">Close Messagedont worry about murphy or the celtics new players they will be just fine ,,, out of all of them murphy has not played for awhile before coming to the celtics hes VERY rusty ok but he wont stay like that when doc gets done with him he wil be just fine coming off the bench hes only got to get them about 15 to 18 mins agame and when shaq and j oneal are back he will still only need to get them 15 , 16 a game !!! all the rest of the new players are doing just fine ,, give this team 2 to 3 weeks playing together and this team will be a very very tough team to beat for sure the finals here they come !!! see all you haters at the finals !!!lmao

  • someguyinsac

    Unless it was put elsewhere on another story , Pierce also had his tech from the Suns game rescinded.

  • Conall

    His throw down was niiiice, but to be fair, he travelled.

    • Jmt

      Yup. He picked up his dribble a half-step too early, but he made the move look smooth enough that the refs didn't see it.

    • AussieCeltic

      No such thing as travel in the NBA. Have you seen how Bosh, Lebron and Kobe take it to the ring? They all do what PP did.

      • Batman

        It's really hard for the Refs to see everything but they get 90% of calls right which is really good. Pierce is just a smooth man

  • kricky

    All I have to say about #34:

    M-V-P! M-V-P!

    • Tom W

      Dude. Yes.

  • kricky

    Shaq was looking svelte at his B-Day party. Is he keeping the weight off?

    • Batman

      That cake looked so good

      • talesofJP

        He has been losing weight I guess, and he said he was on a diet. Seems like they are just readying him for the late season/playoffs.

  • I_Love_Green

    I do believe they are being extra cautious about Shaq, but also believe they're keeping him out longer to get him in better shape.

    A skinner Shaq= A healthier Shaq

  • AussieCeltic

    I know these games were mostly against bad sides (and I love PP) but how did Andre Iguodala not get EC player of the week!?!?! Two triple doubles and averaged 17.3 pts, 9.3 rebs, 9.0 ass for the week.
    Mar 06vs. GSWW 125 – 117415 – 130 – 25 – 6561110314015
    Mar 04vs. MINW 111 – 100387 – 132 – 46 – 6191013112122
    Mar 01vs. DALL 93 – 101366 – 141 – 52 – 40774301115

    Anyway – congratulations P2. You are carrying this team with your consistent output and your team lifting dunks!!!

    • AussieCeltic

      Yeah that displayed awfully:
      This is better
      date, opponent, points, rebounds, assists
      Mar 6 GSW 15 11 10
      Mar 4 MIN 22 10 13
      Mar 1 DAL 15 7 4

      • Batman

        Did Iggy win all the games? I think he didn't win some and therefore since Paul went undefeated and had good stats he got it

  • CG12

    Shaq will be back for the playoffs, it is just a question of how ready they can get him. It makes so much sense to just get him as close to 100% as possible. A guy with his size and mileage is never going to be 100%, so you go for 90-95, as opposed to 75. Shaq could play either way, but the difference is how much you get out of him.

    Let's not forget that Murphy, Arroyo, and Pavlovic are ultimately little more than contingency plans, and maybe taking a flyer for next season. First 5 = Shaq, KG, PP, Ray, Rondo. Primary subs = Green, West, Baby, Krstic. Depending on how DWest, Ray and Rajon are doing in any given game, you will probably see a little of Arroyo or Pavlovic. JO is a big question mark. If (and its a big IF, although I'm pretty optimistic) he is able to come back, how time is split between him and Krstic probably boils down to offense vs. defense. If the team needs D, go with JO, if they need offense, go with Krstic. Murphy, Bradley and Wafer likely don't play.

    And the team is, of course, constructed with as much redundancy as possible, to prepare for any injuries which may happen. They are so deep at this point that they could sustain injuries to a number of supporting players with virtually no ill effects. They go 3 deep at virtually every position with legit players in every spot. Bradley is the only guy who should only play in the event of an injury apocalypse. Everyone else has the chops to play and look like they belong.

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