The Celtics played one of their most complete games in recent memory, but the thing we’ll most likely remember from tonight’s game was that Shaquille O’Neal suffered a strained calf.
As Brian mentioned in the previous post, it’s a safe assumption that Shaq has played his last regular season game. Maybe the Celtics will release further details in the next day or so, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Even if Shaq’s injury turns out to be a “minor one,” can the Celtics really rely on him for valuable postseason minutes at this point? I’m leaning towards “no.”
As for the actual game, there were a lot of positives to take away for Celtics’ fans. The C’s shot an impressive 64% from the field, including 63% from 3-point range.
Keving Garnett led the team in scoring with 23 points. Rajon Rondo dished out 14 of the Celtics’ 30 assists. And Delonte West continued to play quite well in his backup role.
We’ll have more for you later, including updates on Shaq.