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Injured O'Neal could rest until playoffs
Updated: 2005-04-19 10:49

Miami Heat all-star center Shaquille O'Neal has a bruised right thigh and may not play again until the NBA playoffs next weekend.

Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal (R) is defended by Indiana Pacers forward Scot Pollard (62) during the second period in Miami, Florida, April 17, 2005. [Reuters]

"We won't play him until he's 100 per cent," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said after O'Neal was injured in a 84-80 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

The injury, which Van Gundy called "a deep thigh contusion," is not considered serious, but will give O'Neal a chance to rest before the playoffs.

The Heat close out the regular season with games against Charlotte on Tuesday and at Orlando on Wednesday. Their first playoff game will come next weekend.

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