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Shaq on Celtics’ effort: ‘Blame it on the sleet’

I’ve heard of “Blame It on the Rain” before, but “blame it on the sleet”? That’s a new one.

But Shaquille O’Neal [1] has made a living off coming up with new slogans, and Wednesday night was no different. In a span of about five minutes after an ugly 86-82 Celtics [2] victory against the Pistons, he blamed the Celtics’ sluggishness on the weather, invented a nickname for himself and Rajon Rondo [3], explained his team’s need to step on the Pistons’ throats, vowed to make free throws in the clutch and described how he got on Semih Erden‘s ass. Not bad.

O’Neal produced on the floor, too, for all 25 minutes. One of few Celtics to play inspired basketball throughout the game, he recorded a season-high 12 rebounds — including five on the offensive end — to go along with 12 points, three steals and a pair of blocks. He did miss a pair of free throws with three minutes to play that would’ve tied the game, but his effort sparked the comeback that eventually resulted in a four-point win.

It was all in a day’s work for Shaq. We’ll let him explain: