An update here live at the TD Garden, where Shaq re-injured his right calf after dazzling the crowd for his first six minutes of action after missing the past three months due to injury. O’Neal delivered a variety of impressive moves around the basket, making his first three shot attempts after missing the past 27 games, but came up hobbling early in the second quarter while running up the floor.
Shaq struggled to leave the floor under his own power and walked very gingerly to the Celtics locker room. O’Neal missed four games after injuring the same right calf back in December, but for now it appears the injury is not related to the Achilles’ problem that kept Shaq out of action since early January.
Team officials said O’Neal would be re-evaluated at halftime, but given the apparent severity of the strain (KG had similar injury in Detroit earlier this year) it’s probably safe to say we’ve seen the last of O’Neal for the regular season.
Plenty more on the way as it develops….