The Celtics just wrapped up their film session over in Waltham, and with the heavy minutes and nagging injuries, the starters, Delonte West and Glen Davis have been given the day off from on-court activities, according to reports. The rest of the roster playing a 4 vs. 4 game with C’s assistant and former point guard Tyronn Lue taking part in the action.
The big news of the day however, was the latest on Shaquille O’Neal from Doc Rivers. According to Scott Souza of the Metrowest Daily News, Doc made a few statements regarding his much discussed “regular” starting center.
* Shaq would “try to do some things” tomorrow.
* He’s showed continued improvement with the injury, but doubts he will play in Game 3.
*If Shaq travels to New York for Games 3 and 4, there is a “good chance” he will play Sunday for Game 4.
*Doc fully expects Shaq to return before the end of the postseason.
Once again, this is pretty much par for the course at this point regarding Shaq’s status, albeit it sounds a lot more promising than Bill Burt’s NBA source suspicions in a previous post. For now, the best move appears to be a holding pattern when it comes to O’Neal’s status. Hold out hope, while remaining skeptical until the big man is seen back on the floor.
In the meantime, the Celtics have a host of other problems to solve, including the lackluster bench play, inconsistent rebounding, and offensive ball movement to say the least.
On the Knicks end of things, both Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups are set to undergo precautionary MRI’s this afternoon for their respective back and knee injuries according to Alan Hahn of Newsday. We’ll have further news on their statuses for Game 3 Friday as it comes out.