Celtics Expect Shaq To Play In Game 3

Rivers expects Shaq to play in Game 3 vs. Miami

      WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – Shaquille O'Neal is expected to play for
the Boston Celtics in the playoffs for the first time in Game 3
against the Miami Heat.
      Coach Doc Rivers said Thursday the center likely will return
from a right calf injury Saturday night against the Heat, who lead
the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-0.
      O'Neal had missed 27 games with a sore right leg. He returned on
April 4 against Detroit but lasted 5 minutes, 29 seconds before
leaving with the calf problem.
      Rivers said that barring a setback, O'Neal will play Saturday
but won't start.
      O'Neal played 37 games this season, averaging 20.3 minutes, 9.2
points and 4.8 rebounds. The Celtics traded center Kendrick Perkins
to Oklahoma City on Feb. 24, hoping O'Neal would return sooner.
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