Heat Vs. Celtics: Boston Confident Shaquille O'Neal Will Play

The Shaquille O'Neal injury has kept Celtics fans tossing and turning for much of the past month, but with the Heat and Celtics series looming, it sounds like there might be light at the end of the tunnel. On Friday, Doc Rivers was asked about Shaq's health, and he was cautiously optimistic.

From Comcast Sports Net New England:

“He just did a little bit yesterday,” Rivers said of O’Neal’s involvement in Thursday’s session. “Maybe (he’ll do) some more today, and really, that’s the only update that I have. There’s no decision made or anything.

“I’m more confident now that he will play in the series,” Rivers said. “Maybe  (game) one, maybe two but I do think he’ll play. I guess he’s done some stuff with (trainer) Eddie (Lacerte). Eddie’s more confident that he’ll play so that makes me more confident.”

There are no guarantees there, obviously, but so much of Boston's destiny tied to Shaq's to health, it has to be encouraging that Doc's confidence is growing. Shaq may not play in Game 1, but if he makes it back in time for Game 2, Boston will be breathing a sigh of relief.

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