Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal traveled with the team yesterday in anticipation for Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden this weekend. The entire Celtics roster made the trip out with a 2-0 series lead over their Eastern Conference rival New York Knicks. “If he’s closer to playing – you know how we’ve done it – if you see him on the trip he’s really close,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of Shaq. “If he goes on the trip, that means we think he’ll play that Sunday.”
O’Neal missed 45 games this season due to injuries in his right knee, calf and Achilles, playing just 5 1/2 minutes since February 1st. Knicks starters Amare Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups are both listed as questionable for Game 3 Friday night. Billups had blood drained from his strained left knee after undergoing an MRI exam Wednesday. Stoudemire has been battling back spasms since leaving Tuesday’s game early in the second quarter. Check back for Celtics vs. Knicks playoff updates with us at Ace!