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Shaquille O'Neal Could Return From Injury This Weekend, Says Danny Ainge

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Shaquille O'Neal Will Return From Injury Sunday Or Tuesday, According To Danny Ainge

Shaquille O’Neal, who’s been out indefinitely for weeks now, will return to the Boston Celtics either “Sunday or Tuesday,” said team president Danny Ainge on Boston’s WEEI radio. That rules Shaq out of Thursday’s road game against the San Antonio Spurs and Friday’s trip to play the Atlanta Hawks, setting him up to return against either the Detroit Pistons or Philadelphia 76ers at home.

Doc Rivers had expressed concern that O’Neal’s achilles tendon injury could affect the team’s playoff run, but it sounds like they aren’t planning on putting too much pressure on the big guy. Ainge said he worked out with O’Neal just before going on air. If you can weather a workout with Ainge, you can putter through a few regular season basketball games, right?

Celtics Blog is skeptical, saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” an appropriate remark capably used to express skepticism.

For more on the Celtics, visit Celtics Blog and SB Nation Boston.

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Shaquille O'Neal Injury Now Has Celtics Center Out 'Indefinitely'

Don't expect to see Shaquille O'Neal in the Boston Celtics' Wednesday game against the Clippers. In fact, his return to the team as he recovers from an Achilles tendon injury has officially been moved to TBD.

When asked about O'Neal's return date, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers acknowledged that he "had no idea."

"Shaq is probably not going to be back Wednesday, it looks like," said coach Doc Rivers. "His foot is bothering him again a little bit."

Celtics Blog says its nothing for Boston fans to panic about just yet. But that time could come.

Right now the C's are ok with who they have at the 5, but they will definitely need Shaq for the playoffs. I don't think anybody wants to rush him back at this point, but it is a bit alarming that he just cant seem to get right, especially with how Ed Lacerte put it.

Keep an eye on Celtics Blog for more updates on Shaq and the C's.

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