The Celtics just wrapped the media rounds in Waltham, before starting their first practice after two well-earned off. Here’s the latest on Shaq from Chris Forsberg over at ESPNBoston.com
“Shaq is not going to practice today, and he will not practice [Thursday],” said Rivers. “We hope he’ll practice the next day, whatever day that would be. Is that Friday? OK, we hope he’s back on Friday. But we don’t know, we’ll see.”
Rivers later admitted that O’Neal, limited to 5½ minutes of action since Feb. 1 due to right Achilles and calf injuries, is doing “a lot better,” but wouldn’t start speculating about his availability for Game 1 of the next round.
“It really depends, not just on Friday, but Friday and Saturday, so I don’t know,” said Rivers. “I don’t know if I’m confident or not. I’m hopeful.”
The Celtics took Monday and Tuesday off and Rivers zipped home to Orlando for the break. Asked if the team had examined O’Neal during the lull in activity, Rivers quipped: “I didn’t take a look at anybody. Unless he was in Orlando, Florida, I didn’t see Shaq — and Shaq could have been in Orlando, now that I think about it.”