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Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal departed Friday's game with a right leg injury.BOSTON -- Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal suffered what the team termed a "sore right leg" and will not return to Friday's game against the Utah Jazz.
O'Neal started at center and logged a mere 6:19 of court time before being replaced by Glen Davis at the first timeout. That's not exactly an usual shift for O'Neal, but after completing a breakaway slam with 6:01 to play in the frame, he appeared to point at the bench as if asking to be subbed out. He did not return.
O'Neal made the only shot he took -- that breakaway dunk off a feed from Rajon Rondo -- while adding an assist during his brief time on the court.
O'Neal has missed a total of nine games with right leg ailments, including five games due to a sore right calf and four games due to a bruised right knee (or "fibula head" as he termed it).
Before Friday's injury, O'Neal put together three turn-back-the-clock performances in a row, single-handedly sparking the Celtics in Wednesday's win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
O'Neal entered Friday's game averaging 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds over 21.8 minutes per game.