Though the jury’s still out on whether Shaq will play during Game 2, Adrian Wojnarowski writes that The Green Mile will be physically ready. (Yahoo)
For the Celtics, it becomes riskier to insert Shaquille O’Neal into a series where they’re behind, not ahead. The Boston coaches have concerns with what he can give them, how his sudden re-emergence could affect the bigger picture of the lineup. Physically, O’Neal could play Game 2, sources said, but it’s a question of whether Rivers will allow it. O’Neal lobbied to play Game 1, but to no avail.
My thoughts? If Shaq’s ready, if he’s really ready, throw him in there. What’s the worst that could happen? He takes minutes from Glen Davis, who has been mostly awful for a month or two, or Nenad Krstic, who Doc Rivers wouldn’t trust to go fetch a carton of milk at the super market? Call me crazy, but I’ll take my chances with chemistry. It’s not like Boston’s bench has any to begin with.