About a week or 2 ago, Greg Dickerson of Comcast Sports Net New England said, that Shaq was “busting it” and had lost 15 pounds. From reports he looks great, and he would probably be playing if this was the playoffs.
Earlier this week, Shaq was supposed to return to the court. He practiced with the team, and there was no real reports of an injury setback. The Celtics had said 2 days ago that Shaq would be out indefinitely with “foot pain” or an “inflamed Achilles”. Yesterday, at Shaq’s birthday at the Science Museum, he said that he was 85 percent healthy and could return in a week. Who do you believe?
I have never heard of a player sit out because of foot pain. If Shaq was really injured, then how did he lose 15 pounds. Did he go on Nutrisystem or Weight Watchers? And if Greg Dickerson said he was busting it, then he really can’t be that injured.
Also, Glen Davis and Delonte West could be out for the next 2 games. Glen Davis did say that if it was a playoff game he would be playing. So then how injured is Davis really? Delonte West, out for the past 2 weeks with a sprained ankle?
The Celtics could very well be lying about the injury situation. Most of these injuries, especially Shaq and West, could be excuses for rest before the playoffs.
The Celtics have won 5 straight since Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic came to the team. The fact that the Celtics are 46-15 is amazing, considering the number of injuries they have. With the Celtics not playing many playoff teams this month, this would be the time for resting the injuries. In the meantime, Paul Pierce is looking like he did 10 years ago. KG looks healthier than last year, and Ray Allen looks as young as ever.
With all these injuries, Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic have been playing a lot of minutes. It’s the perfect opportunity to work them into the system, and in the last few games they looked very comfortable.
One thing is for sure. If the Celtics are playing this good without Shaq, Jermaine, and Delonte, then they will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.