Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took his picture with Heat center Shaquille O’Neal in the hallway between the locker rooms before the game. Chara is not used seeing people taller than him in his territory.
O’Neal then made his way through a crowd of reporters to greet Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Rivers joked that he slipped O’Neal some money when the two shook hands.
“We have to be the only team that didn’t play Miami without Shaq,” said Rivers. “That’s how things go. That’s how you feel. It was funny, when he went down the first thing I did was look at the schedule. If Dwayne Wade was a good Marquette alum he’d be out today, too.”