Shaq working way back from injury
O'Neal took part in some of practice Thursday, although coach Mike Brown isn't counting on him being back before the playoffs.
O'Neal has been sidelined since tearing a ligament in his right thumb Feb. 25. He had surgery and was expected to miss the rest of the regular season. On Wednesday, the 14-time All-Star said he was ahead of schedule.
Also, forward Anderson Varejao worked out after missing two games because of a sore left hamstring. He's a game-time decision for Friday's game against Atlanta.
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