WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics attempted to get Shaquille O'Neal back on the practice court Saturday morning, but his ailing right Achilles and strained calf would not allow him to go through the activity and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge announced soon after that O'Neal will not be ready for Sunday's Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the New York Knicks.
"[Shaq's] been making progress and we tried to get him out there to practice today, to simulate a game as much as we could and he's not ready," said Ainge. "We don't know when he'll be ready, and we'll just keep evaluating him day-to-day. So he won't play in tomorrow's game."
Added team physician Dr. Brian McKeon: "This guy's been working his tail off. He's worked so, so hard, and today we did a mock trial pre-game workout and he failed. It didn't work. Just too sore. We'll get back to work tomorrow and keep knowing what we're doing and hopefully we can get him back soon."