- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WALTHAM, MASS. (AP) - Shaquille O'Neal says he’s optimistic that he will be ready for Wednesday night’s game at Madison Square Garden against Amare Stoudemire and the New York Knicks.

O'Neal said before practice on Tuesday that he’s “doing better.”

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he would see how O'Neal comes through practice before deciding whether to play him. The Knicks have won eight straight and are just four games behind the 19-4 Celtics in the Atlantic Division.

O'Neal has missed the last two games with the calf injury. He worked on in the weight room on Tuesday but did not take part in the team’s practice.