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Doc Rivers: Shaq Likely To Start Tuesday

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday that Shaquille O’ Neal will “most likely” get the start for Tuesday’s opener against the Miami Heat, WEEI’s Mike Petraglia is reporting.

O’Neal, signed as a free agent over the offseason, seemed likely to come off the bench with Jermaine O’Neal starting until Kendrick Perkins is ready to return from the inactive list. But with a rash of minor injuries keeping Jermaine to limited minutes, it will be up to Shaq to take the leading role at center come Tuesday.