|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 27, 2012 at 3:30 AM|
I think we have missed Shaq since Febuary of 2011. When he went down, and a few weeks later Perk was traded. So the gap hasn't been filled. But I think Shaq, you can thank Rondo, for trying to give you more time on an NBA court.
And he acknowledged that his injury-encouraged departure from playing has helped drive the Celts deeper into an inside power outage that has them among the worst rebounding teams in the league.
“It’s a different team,” said O’Neal, at All-Star weekend as part of the TNT broadcast. “They miss me. They miss (Kendrick Perkins . It’s a different team. Hopefully guys like Brandon (Bass) will step up and give Kevin (Garnett) some relief.”
As for the Celtics prospects going forth this season, O’Neal was tepid at best, while pretty much drawing a line in the sand on their upside.
“The good thing about their team is they’re not in a situation where they’re trying to get homecourt advantage throughout (the playoffs) and all that stuff,” he said. “You know, (coach) Doc (Rivers) made a good point the other day that they don’t want to be in the eighth spot and face Miami.
“But if they can get to the fifth or sixth spot and play somebody that have a shot against, maybe they can make some noise. Who knows?”
When asked flatly how far be believes the Celtics can go this year, Shaq said, “I think they can move up.”
I'm under the theory that seeding doesn't really matter this season. If the Celtics are title contenders, or if they want a title. Don't they need to go through Miami anyways? What's it matter if it's in the conference finals, or if it's in the first round? If the Celtics are the best, they will beat the best.