Shootaround: Wafer stays back, Shaq Watch

April, 7, 2011

CHICAGO -- The Boston Celtics invaded the Solheim Center on the campus of Moody Bible Institute for their morning shootaround in advance of Thursday night's Eastern Conference showdown with the Chicago Bulls.

Doc Rivers offered hefty praise of coach Tom Thibodeau and his troops, while Rajon Rondo did his best to avoid all chatter about Derrick Rose (invoking his "I don't talk about other point guard" rule). About the only real news from this morning was that reserve guard Von Wafer didn't travel with the team (Rivers suggested he was unlikely to play, so they simply kept him back home being merely a one-game trip). Boston still has 13 available bodies, including rookie Avery Bradley, who is likely to be the lone healthy scratch. Wafer was a healthy scratch Tuesday against the 76ers.

As for your daily Shaquille O'Neal Watch, Rivers reiterated that the 39-year-old center, who is now nursing a right calf sprain, won't play in either of the next two games, but there's still potential for Sunday in Miami.

"Definitely not tonight, unless he gets on his super plane and comes down," joked Rivers. "Other than that, not tonight and not tomorrow [vs. the Wizards]. Perhaps Sunday [vs. the Heat]."

Pressed for an update on O'Neal, Rivers said: "He's feeling better; doing great from what I hear."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter,



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