Shaq could be out until All-Star break

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Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t play against Orlando Sunday, when Boston could have used him to match up on Dwight Howard. He will not suit up Monday against the Bobcats, either.

And the Celtics might shut him down until the All-Star break, Doc Rivers said before Sunday’s game, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast New England (via twitter).

Shaq has had a hip issue, an Achilles’ injury and a number of other bumps and bruises. He has missed five of the Celtics last eight. Also out is Jermaine O’Neal who may not be back for a couple months.

With Kendrick Perkins back Boston may have Shaq miss the three games after Monday before the All-Star break — Boston’s MO has been to rest guys in the regular season to make sure they are ready for the playoffs. It would mean more burn for Semih Erden, and I think we all have been rooting for that (mostly for the comedy factor).

All that said said, one of those games Shaq would miss is against the Lakers. If there were one game he would want to be back for…