Though Doc Rivers called Shaq doubtful for tonight’s Game 2, The Green Mile ruled himself out.
“Shaq said that he’s not playing tonight,” tweeted A. Sherrod Blakely. “Arrived at America Airlines Arena with a noticeable limp.”
After Shaq participated in his first full-court scrimmage since Vietnam, soreness was expected. Rivers said Shaq looked “phenomenal” in the practice, which could be code for “I’m really surprised he didn’t re-aggravate his injury.”
At this point, all signs point to a Game 3 return for Shaq. Rivers previously said Shaq would play Game 3 “for sure.” As long as today’s soreness is run-of-the-mill soreness for a 39-year old, 360-pounder returning to a basketball court after a three-month layoff, I’d assume he’s still on the same path. Then again, I’ve learned not to expect anything from Shaq. Except speculation. And setbacks. Lots of setbacks.