O’Neals Not Expected Back In Action With Celts For Another Week

Shaq, Jermaine O'Neal not expected back for week

      BOSTON (AP) – Shaquille and Jermaine O'Neal are expected to be
sidelined at least another week for the Boston Celtics.
      Shaquille missed his 23rd straight game with a strained left
Achilles' tendon Friday night when the Celtics played the Charlotte
Bobcats. Jermaine, who missed his 34th in a row, had surgery on his
left knee on Feb. 4.
      Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before the game that Jermaine
would join the Celtics in Indiana for Monday night's game but
wouldn't play. Rivers said Jermaine thinks he's ready to practice
on Wednesday.
      Shaquille has been wearing a removable boot on his left foot,
but Rivers said that doesn't indicate a setback. He said it could
be “a week or so” before he plays, but “I've been saying a week
now for three weeks.” He also said he expected O'Neal to be ready
for the playoffs.
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