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Shaq a likely no-go but ‘big brother’ is ready

WALTHAM — Shaquille O’Neal [1] missed his second straight practice on Monday with a right knee bruise suffered late in Friday’s game against the Knicks and likely won’t play on Tuesday in Detroit, according to coach Doc Rivers [2].

“I doubt if he plays [Tuesday] but we’ll see,” Rivers said following practice, which didn’t include O’Neal. “If he has a chance [to play] he’ll make the trip.”

O’Neal instead spent the time in the swimming pool with fellow injured big man Kendrick Perkins [3] as both worked on therapy for knee injuries. The team did get good news on another O’Neal. Jermaine O’Neal [4], who suffered swelling in his left knee following the loss to Cleveland last Wednesday, returned to practice on Monday and will make the trip to Detroit.

“[Shaquille’s] brother? He had a good practice and he’ll play,” Rivers said with a laugh. “Obviously, it could swell or something but right now, he looked good.”

Rivers said Jermaine O’Neal, who practiced with the first team, will see a lot of time as will rookie Semih Erden.