Shaquille O'Neal will play tonight vs the Heat. Jermaine O'Neal probably will not. ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg has the details:
"[The knee] was a little sore last night, but I was sore all over, I'll be all right," said (Shaquille) O'Neal, nodding when asked if he expects to play Thursday. "I can handle minor pain, but I was having pain when I stepped. If there's pain when I'm stepping, what's going to happen when I try to run? I don't have that pain any more, just some little knots in my calf. I'll be all right."
Jermaine O'Neal was far less optimistic, expressing concern that swelling in his left knee, which developed after a game in Cleveland last month, could force him to the sideline for an extended break.
"To be honest, [the knee] feels the same as [Wednesday]," said O'Neal, admitting the lack of progress after two off-days is frustrating. "It's coming to the point where, I may have to just take time off. We have a great staff, great doctors, but the swelling — the body reacts to something and I just gotta put my hand on it, what it's reacting to. It's become painful — painful to run and stuff like that.
"It's more likely that I won't play tonight, and if I don't play tonight, I probably won't play any more this trip, just to give it some time."
Regarding Semih's bum shoulder:
"[Erden's] shoulder is what it is, it's not in great shape," Rivers said. "He'll have to have something done on it eventually. We're just hoping to get through the year, at least get through to [Perkins' return]. That's basically what we're thinking. We basically have to somehow get these three guys to survive until Perk comes back, and that's what we're trying to do."
Remember when we didn't think there would be room for Perk?