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Glimpse of Shaq O'Neal teases Celtics

Brief return of veteran big man reinforces his importance to Boston's playoff hopes

Updated: April 4, 2011, 1:56 AM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The long-awaited return of Shaquille O'Neal enraptured the capacity crowd at TD Garden and appeared to bode well for the Boston Celtics as they readied for a playoff push. Absent since Feb. 1, a stretch of 27 games, O'Neal returned to action Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons and looked frisky and ready.

Then he promptly returned to inaction.

The joyous mood came to a stunning halt when O'Neal came up limping simply running down the floor in the first minute ...

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