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Sources: Shaq gets a shot, back in boot

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal continues to fight inflammation in his ailing right foot and resorted to a cortisone shot earlier this week to help get back on the court by an April 1 target date, according to sources.

--SOURCES: SHAQ GETS SHOT, BACK IN BOOT--

Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal received a cortisone shot in his ailing right foot Tuesday and was placed back in an immobilizing boot, sources told ESPN Boston. The objective with the boot is to eliminate the return of swelling after his Achilles injury flared up again recently while he was trying to work his way back to game action, according to the sources. The Celtics remain optimistic that O'Neal, who has been sidelined with the injury since Feb. 1, could return next week.

The news might help explain why O'Neal hasn't been spotted since Monday night at Madison Square Garden and postponed an appearance in Worcester Thursday to be sworn in as a reserve deputy sheriff.