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Not so fast on Shaquille O’Neal return but hope remains for Delonte West Wednesday



WALTHAM — Shaquille O’Neal [1] will likely not be able to return to the Celtics [2] lineup on Wednesday after all, coach Doc Rivers [3] said following Saturday’s practice. Rivers indicated he was hoping to have both O’Neal and Delonte West [4] back by Wednesday to help them begin getting playing time to gear up for the playoffs.

“Probably not going to be ready Wednesday because his foot is bothering him a little again,” Rivers said. “Delonte, we’re hoping Wednesday.”

O’Neal has missed the last 12 games and has been out since Feb. 1 with a sore right lower leg and sore right achilles tendon. West missed his third straight game Friday with a sprained right ankle. Glen Davis [5] shot free throws following Saturday’s practice but is still nursing patellar tendinitis in his left knee and is expected to miss several more days of practice while Von Wafer [6], who injured his right calf during Friday’s win over the Warriors is still in a walking boot.

The team also informed center Chris Johnson [7] that they will not renew his 10-day contract for now as Doc Rivers announced the priority is to sign a back-up point guard.