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Celtics Hope Shaq Can Practice Friday

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Shaquille O'Neal #36 and Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics sit on the bench and talk against the New York Knicks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal #36 and Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics sit on the bench and talk against the New York Knicks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Celtics hope to have Shaquille O’Neal back at practice on Friday.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said O’Neal would do a “skeleton” workout on Thursday and “hopefully” join the team on Friday for its final workout before Sunday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat.

Read: Celtics-Heat Playoff Schedule

O’Neal has played a total of 5 minutes, 29 seconds since Feb. 1 because of problems with his right calf and Achilles tendon.

Read: Celtics Ready For Much Hyped Playoff Series Against Heat

The Celtics didn’t need him in the first round, when they swept the New York Knicks in four games.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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