MRI and CT Scan Results Come Back Negative. Rondo a Game-time Decision

Celtics fans can breathe a sigh of relief, after the MRI and CT Scan results on his left arm are negative.

Rondo came back into the game in the 4th quarter after dislocating his shoulder half-way into the 3rd. One thing that was a concern was whether Rondo had any ligament damage. Thankfully Rondo is fine, but he is a game-time decision due to some pain and swelling.

Hopefully Rondo can be effective in Game 4. The Celtics are a much better team when Rondo plays, and after last night, the Celtics clearly got inspired by his return.

Updates to come on Rondo’s injury when they’re released.

Shaq Could Return Tonight vs Pistons

According to NESN.com’s Evan Clinchy, Shaquille O’Neal could return tonight against the Pistons. With both O’Neal’s back, now is the time to get into a good rhythm before the playoffs. Since there is only 2 weeks left in the regular season, the Celtics don’t have much time to integrate everyone into the rotation. But with the limited time the Celtics have, they must get everyone on the same page. Shaq and Jeramine O’Neal, will be a big part of our championship run in the playoffs. It’s great to see them coming back healthy, and with 2 weeks to spare.

Also, Nenad Krstic had an MRI yesterday on his right knee. The results were negative and he is listed day-to-day with a bone bruise in the right knee.

Another player who has made a return is Von Wafer. He returned against the San Antonio Spurs, but his performance didn’t make any noise.

I’m beginning to get confident with our chances, now that all these players are returning. As a Celtics fan, this is what I was hoping for. To get everyone healthy for the playoffs. When the Celtics are healthy, no one can beat them.

Here is some more bit of optimism. The Celtics may be in 3rd place right now, but if they end up being tied with the Heat for 2nd, they will get the 2nd seed since they have the tie-breaker. Also, the Celtics don’t play well on the 2nd night of a back to back, but in the playoffs there is a day to 2 days off in between games.

Danny Ainge Says Jermaine O’Neal Could be Back Next Week

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. Jermaine O’Neal could possibly return next week, after missing the last few months with knee surgery. According to Murphy, Jermaine O’Neal has lost 12 pounds in rehab.

Danny Ainge said that he’s been working out really hard to get back before the playoffs. Looks like all that hard work is paying off.

Quotes from Danny Ainge -

“It could be next week, which is about what we hoped for – the end of the month,” said Ainge. “He looks good. I watched him go through his workouts.”

“Jermaine just looks good,” said Ainge. “We thought he would be back at the end of this month, and that’s the way it looks right now.”

According to Danny Ainge, Jermaine O’Neal has been working out the last 3 weeks without swelling. O’Neal has also been playing 1-on-1 games with a trainer.

“That’s always the challenge,” said Ainge. “He’s been working out for that long without swelling, which is a big consideration.”

If Jermaine O’Neal can come back healthy, it will be huge for the Celtics front line. Seeing that Shaq could be back by the end of this week or later next week, my confidence in our chances of winning the championship this year is getting higher. The Celtics will need both O’Neals to fortify the interior defense against teams like the Magic or Lakers.

Glen Davis Could Be Back in Action Tomorrow

According to ESPN, Glen Davis participated in practice today at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham. Glen Davis has missed the last 3 games, due to a knee injury after coming down awkwardly on a dunk.

From Doc Rivers -

“I do think he’ll play Sunday, we just don’t know for sure.”

It would be good if the Celtics can get healthy soon. The Chicago Bulls are now a half game behind the Celtics for the number 1 seed in the East. If the Celtics want to hold on to home court advantage, they’ll need to get healthy, and beat teams that shouldn’t even be competition.

There still hasn’t been a timetable for Delonte or Shaq’s return. Once some of the core role players return, I fully expect this team to be playing at their best and getting into a nice rhythm heading into the playoffs.

Shaq’s Return Soon? Or Maybe Not

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.

Shaq’s Return Soon? Or Maybe Not

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.

Kendrick Perkins Out Next 3 Games

Kendrick Perkins strained his MCL yesterday against the Golden State Warriors. Perkins is listed as day-to-day, but he is expected to miss the rest of the West Coast trip. With the injuries to Jermaine O’Neal, Shaq, and Semih Erden who just came back from injury, the Celtics will have to play short-handed again.