Daniels to play; Shaq out vs. Blazers

As expected, reserve swingman Marquis Daniels joined the Celtics in Portland on Wednesday evening and, after participating in Thursday's morning shootaround, is expected to be active against the Blazers.

Daniels missed his first game of the season Tuesday to tend to a family matter and did not accompany the team on the trek west to start a four-game road trip.

Shaquille O'Neal, who traveled with the team Wednesday, will remain sidelined Thursday with a sore right hip, but indicated to reporters at the team's morning shootaround that he could be back for Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns. Even if that doesn't happen, it's hard to imagine Shaq won't be in uniform by Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.