Celtics notes: Shaq may play Friday; Daniels returns

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Celtics notes: Shaq may play Friday; Daniels returns

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

PORTLAND, Ore. As expected, Shaquille O'Neal will miss his third straight game tonight because of a sore right hip injury. But both O'Neal and coach Doc Rivers expect him to play Friday night at Phoenix.

"I'm good; I've been good," O'Neal said. "Doc told me to take it easy. I've been doing other things; hot tub, hip strengthening exercises. I should be back by Friday's game in Phoenix."

But unlike Kendrick Perkins, who recently returned to the Celtics lineup after tearing the MCL and PCL in his right knee, O'Neal's minutes won't be limited any more than they already have this season.

"We can't limit them much more," Rivers said. "Having Perk and Semih Erden, that'll help. We want to make sure Shaq keeps improving with this team as far as other stuff, but staying healthy at the same time."

Even though the Suns are one of O'Neal's former teams, Rivers was to quick to add that nothing should be read into that being his return game.

"I don't think it's about Phoenix," Rivers said. "Medically, that's when they said he should be able to play."

The Celtics will also welcome back Marquis Daniels, who was away from the team during their 112-95 win over Cleveland attending to a family matter.

Look for Erden to get the starting nod tonight, but don't be surprised if Perkins starts to eat away at Erden's minutes with the first unit during this trip.

Perkins, nearly two weeks ahead of scheduled, returned to the Celtics lineup on Tuesday.

He played more than 17 minutes, and finished with seven points and six rebounds.

"I feel good; I feel all right," Perkins said this morning prior to the C's shoot-around.

Having not played in about six months, Perkins didn't know how his body would feel afterward.

"I'm not hurting that bad," he said. "My knee, I'm sore in other places; I'm cool."

He admits he anticipated he would have some soreness in his right knee.

Needless to say, he was pleasantly surprised.

"I'm going to see how I feel after running up and down, and go from there," he said.

As far as playing time, he knows his minutes will continue to be limited.

"Whatever Doc want me to do," Perkins said. "I want to be out there."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

More bad blood ahead for Celtics vs Wizards series?

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More bad blood ahead for Celtics vs Wizards series?

On this episode of "The Best of Boston Sports Tonight Podcast", Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles break down the Celtics closing out the Bulls and preview the next round against Washington with Chris Mannix, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely. Also, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots two picks on Friday.

  • 0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss the Celtics defeating the Bulls 105-83, beating Chicago in 6 games to advance in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
  • 6:14 - Kyle Draper and Chris Mannix preview the upcoming series against the Washington Wizards and the bad blood between the two teams.
  • 10:19 - Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots first drafts picks, selecting DE Derek Rivers from Youngstown and OT Antonio Garcia from Troy in the 3rd round.
  • 15:45 - Hear what Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley had to say after the win. Also, A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the feeling in the Celtics locker room after the win.

Celtics-Wizards series begins on Sunday at 1:00pm

Celtics-Wizards series begins on Sunday at 1:00pm

The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards will begin their semi-final series on Sunday, April 30 at 1:00pm.

CSN will get you ready with Pregame Live at noon, and will wrap up the action on Postgame Live immediately following the game.

The complete schedule (all times Eastern)

GAME 1 -- Sunday, April 30 at Boston, 1:00PM (ABC)

GAME 2 -- Tuesday, May 2 at Boston, 8:00PM (TNT)

GAME 3 -- Thursday, May 4 at Washington, 8:00PM (ESPN)

GAME 4 -- Sunday, May 7 at Washington, 6:30PM (TNT)

xGAME 5 -- Wednesday, May 10 at Boston, TBD (TNT)

xGAME 6 -- Friday, May 12 at Washington, TBD (ESPN)

xGAME 7 -- Monday, May 15 at Boston, 8:00PM (TNT)