Shaquille O’Neal is still recovering from his shoulder injury. O’Neal asked his medical team to give him cortisone injections but the team management has given the player 10 days off and instead to treat the ailing shoulder with proper rest. O’Neal practiced with the rest of the team on Monday, 23rd November 2009 and is expected to play against Detroit on 25th of November.
O’Neal suffered an injury to his shoulder while trying a block at the 12th November game against Miami Heat. The wound is recognized as a strained rotator cuff but which shoulder suffered the blow is yet undetermined. O’Neal was in full respect for the team owing to their efforts in helping him heal the wound. “You can tell it’s a great organization, I was cursing and screaming and trying to make them shoot me up, but they wouldn’t do it.” O’Neal has missed 5 games since his mishap.
Mike Brown, the head coach of the Cavaliers team expressed no hurry to recover the injury to avoid any further risk of damage. “It’s early in the season, but even if it’s late, we don’t want to rush anybody back,” he admitted. “We understand this is a business for them. They have families to take care of. There’s no need to rush anyone out there without them being right.” Though O’Neal was left out, the Cavaliers managed a 4-1 win despite dealing with a sprained ankle for Jamario Moon and Anderson Varejao standing up to a hip contusion. LeBron James is emerging as a savior by averaging his league-best of 34.3 points last week at the Eastern Conference taking the team to a win.
The Cavaliers are recovering fast and are expected to stand up as strong contenders against Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Bobcats in games this week.