Big Shamrock Down: Shaquille O’Neal out for Boston Celtics
Shaquille O’Neal failed a conditioning test this morning, and has been ruled out indefinitely by the Boston Celtics. Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, made the announcement this afternoon with team physician, Dr. Brian McKeon.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Big Shamrock is down. And the Boston Celtics have a problem.
Word is Shaquille O’Neal won’t be ready for the playoffs because of nagging calf and Achilles injuries.
Glen Davis, Kevin Garnett, Nenad Krstic, and Jermaine O’Neal will split time at the 4-5 spots, while Jeff Green will get significant minutes as a stretch-4.
The Celtics struggled down the stretch without a legitimate 5-man. Whether they can make do with this platoon of players remains to be seen.
Unfortunately, this puts the spotlight on GM Danny Ainge. He traded defensive anchor Kendrick Perkins for Green mid-season, in part, because he expected O’Neal to be healthy.
Green may pay dividends in the future. Right now, he’s the Celtics’ 7th man. And Ainge is believed to have sacrificed 2011 for a piece to rebuild around when The Big Three calls it a day.
Only time will tell if this is true. Dark clouds seem to be hovering over the green-and-white.
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