WALTHAM — Barring any unforeseen changes, Shaquille O’Neal  will make his Celtics  debut as the starting center on opening night against LeBron James , Dwyane Wade  and the Miami Heat  on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
“Most likely Shaq, to be honest,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers  said following Monday’s practice. “We haven’t officially announced it but most likely.”
Rivers added that back-up centers Jermaine O’Neal  and Semih Erden will both suit up and be ready to play. O’Neal has been playing with torn cartilage in his left wrist while Erden has a sore shoulder that Rivers indicated will take some “managing” to keep him healthy enough to play.