Shaq has been battling an Achilles injury for about a month now and most assumed he would be back by now. Reports are now that the Celtics have no timetable when he will return.
One of the concerns about trading Kendrick Perkins was the depth of the Celtics front line. With Shaq out, Jermaine O’Neal still hurting and Big Baby having knee issues, the Celtics don’t have a lot of time to get things together before the playoffs.
The right Achilles tendon injury that O’Neal suffered last month is healing fine, but now he’s once again bothered by some right foot soreness.
When asked about O’Neal and a likely return date, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers acknowledged he had no idea.
Rivers spoke with Ed Lacerte, the team’s head trainer.
“Eddie just said don’t expect him anytime soon,” Rivers said.
With the Bulls coming on strong and the Heat when they aren’t crying still a threat, are the Celtics still the team to beat in the East? Inquiring Shamrocks want to know.