Shaq O'Neal embracing role as enforcer

Celtics center's impact is showing tangibly and intangibly

Updated: November 14, 2010, 4:34 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

MEMPHIS -- The season-high 18 points and a team-best plus-9 in the plus/minus category confirmed Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers' assessment that Shaquille O'Neal turned in his finest performance in a Boston uniform during Saturday's 116-110 overtime triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.

But there's no statistic that can document the intimidation factor that Boston gains when the 7-foot-2, 325-pound behemoth is on the floor.

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