Shaq feels good after getting shots up

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Globe Staff

Shaquille O’Neal has missed the past 17 games.

Your guess as to when either Shaquille or Jermaine O’Neal will return is as good as Doc Rivers’, but Rivers knows Shaquille O’Neal got some shots up earlier today and is still expecting the 38-year-old center to return even though the regular season is winding down.

“I don’t even know what the time frame is, but the fact that he’s on the floor means sooner than later I hope,” Rivers said.

If it seems like the Celtics are reaching a point in the season when they could use one if not both of the big men they signed in the offseason, Rivers admitted that point came and went a while ago.


“That point was a month ago if you want to be honest, but we’re still not going to put him out there unless he’s right because that makes no sense,” Rivers said. “You put him out there and he gets hurt and now you don’t have him at all.

“Clearly I would have loved to have him back two or three weeks ago. I would have loved to have our whole entire bench back. I thought that would be a good time, right at the all-star break. But it just hasn’t worked out that way, so we just have to figure that out once everybody comes back.”

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