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Despite a cortisone shot earlier this week, Shaq is still expected back by April 1.
A: Excuse me? Don't ask me a question like that.
Q: But that's what people want to know. Those guys are playing so well and everyone wants to see if you can match up with them one-on-one.
A: First of all, they won't dare play me one-on-one, even at the tender age of 39. And you know what? Playin' those teams, it ain't gonna be about the [center] matchup, so I don't really worry about that.
Q: So there's not more pressure on you now because the Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins away?
A: No. Because I've just got to rebound and play good defense. And I can do that. If I was getting the ball and taking all the shots, it'd be a lot of pressure at 39. But I've just got to rebound and play D.
Q: However you feel health-wise right now, you're convinced that you're going to be healthy enough to be a factor in the playoffs?
A: Yeah. Gotta be.
Q: How much thought have you given to playing beyond this season? Is there a chance that this is the last season for you?
A: I don't know yet. Probably not.