BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics sits on the bench with Ray Allen #20 in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Celtics came to this conclusion after Shaq failed to complete one simple sprint up and down the court during a "conditioning test" on Saturday, before he limped off the court in Waltham. The Celtics held out a slim hope Shaq would be able to make his return in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Knicks or possibly in the conference semifinals, if they advanced. "If he were to come back, it would have to be a miraculous recovery," said the source, who requested anonymity. "And at his age (he turned 39 on March 6) and physical condition, the Celtics have planned accordingly."
Nothing official, but if the source is to be believed, this can't be good. (h/t Red's Army)
Update: Doc: Shaq has shown improvement, could possibly play Sunday | Celtics Town - I give up. No idea what's happening or who to believe. Let's just see who suits up game to game.
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers refuted a report that it would take a "miraculous recovery" for Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal to return for the playoffs. "I know that's not true," Rivers told CSNNE.com. "He's going to play. I just don't know when."