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Vintage Shaq comes in time of need

Veteran center plays big for the depleted Celtics against Bobcats

Updated: January 15, 2011, 1:19 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers acknowledges that he's been forced to play 38-year-old Shaquille O'Neal in longer shifts than he's comfortable with as Boston battles a relentless injury bug. So when O'Neal asked for rest after a near eight-minute shift to start Friday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Rivers was happy to oblige.

Then rookie Semih Erden, brilliant his last time out, picked up three fouls in three head-slapping minutes and Rivers begrudgingly sent O'Neal back onto the ...

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