Shaquille O’Neal Believes His Boston Celtics Would’ve Beaten The Miami Heat In 2011 If He Didn’t Get Injured
Shaquille O’Neal was way past his prime when he got to the Boston Celtics during the 2010-11 NBA season. At age 38, O’Neal only put up 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game on 66.7% shooting from the field.
The four-time NBA champion also dealt with Achilles and calf injuries during the season and was only healthy for 37 regular season games. He managed to return during their second-round playoff matchup against the Miami Heat, but was only limited to two games.
Looking back on the season and knowing how the Heat cruised to a dominant 4-1 series win against the Celtics in the playoffs, O’Neal now argued that they would’ve beaten the Heat had he stayed healthy for the rest of their run.
Per Heavy Sports:
“I was just a role player then, but if we’d have made it to this thing, I would have f***** LeBron and D-Wade up in the playoffs. I promise I would have. That would have been my role. Like, as soon as they come to the hole, touch ’em up.”