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Shaq: 'I've been getting a lot of rest'

Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal said on Tuesday that his thigh still has swelling, and he won't know his playoff status until the game draws nearer.

"I really can't bend it," O'Neal told The Miami Herald of his right leg. "It's pretty swollen. I've been doing double, triple treatments. Right now, I just have to see how it goes. If I can bend it, if I can run and jump, then I'll be ready to go."

O'Neal isn't worried about needing a large amount of preparation for Sunday's playoff opener, saying he just needs a little work on Saturday to get ready.

"The playoff season is a different season," O'Neal told the paper. "You have to be mentally and physically ready. I just want to be 95 percent physically ready to go.

"Even though it's been a strange two, three weeks for me, I've been in bed, I've been getting a lot of rest. I've been getting a lot of physical rest and a lot of mental rest. People know usually when I get a lot of rest, I usually come out and do work. I know how to turn the bad into good always."

O'Neal, who didn't participate in the team's shootaround Tuesday
morning, suffered the injury in Sunday's 84-80 win over Indiana. He
was kneed by Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal while defending a drive
to the basket, and left just before halftime.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.