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NBA players react to Shaq's retirement on Twitter

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NBA players react to Shaq's retirement on Twitter

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com
Shaquille ONeal has made animpact on countless NBA players during his 19-year career, from those who wereteammates to others who looked up to him as they aspired to go pro. Aftertweeting a video announcing his retirement on Wednesday afternoon, playersaround the league quickly reacted to the news on Twitter. Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo)Shout out to @SHAQ on thehall of fame career. One of a kind playerhttp:twitter.comRajonRondostatus76006824825987073
LeBron James (@KingJames)What a career for ShaqDiesel!! The most dominating force to ever play the game. Great person to bearound as well. Comedy all the time!!http:twitter.comKingJamesstatus76023354867453952
Steve Nash (@SteveNash)Congratulations @SHAQ onyour quadruple platinum hall of fame career. I know you're not riding off intothe sunset...what's next?http:twitter.comSteveNashstatus76020922892554240
Ron Artest (@ronartest)Shaq Legend Hang up thejersey in Orlando Miami and LA Congrats shaq You Been a big brother since dayone Now Not too many donuts!!http:twitter.comronarteststatus76010903136501760
Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619)@SHAQ would bring his Key Boardson the Air plane to produce like Timberland lol. He would dance like he wasback in his FRAT days lolhttp:twitter.comJaredDudley619status76034478740475904
Andrew Bynum (@AndrewBynum)WOW @SHAQ isleaving the game! I still remember him putting that big elbow in my chest whenI was a rookie!http:twitter.comAndrewBynumstatus76037848993763328
Nate Robinson (@nate_robinson)We will miss the OG aka @SHAQhttp:twitter.comnate_robinsonstatus76022112359424000
Kevin Love (@kevinlove)Everyone show Shaq somelove. One of the best to ever do it. cannnyouudigggittthttp:twitter.comkevinlovestatus76036423576330240
Rudy Gay (@rudygay22)What career Shaq had! I willalways be a fan.http:twitter.comrudygay22status76027760736350208
Roy Hibbert(@Hoya2aPacer)Man just heard about @SHAQ. Hewas and is such a good player. The game will miss you n you won't be forgotten.U was my fav player as a kidhttp:twitter.comHoya2aPacerstatus76003762845655040Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBAShe can bereached at jessicacamerato@gmail.com.

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WATCH: Celtics vs. Heat

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Celtics-Heat preview: Will Celts be drained by emotional win in Dallas?

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Celtics-Heat preview: Will Celts be drained by emotional win in Dallas?

The Boston Celtics remain a team whose collective talents are far more valuable than their individual abilities.

But there are going to be nights when someone has to shoulder a larger burden of the team in order to win. More often than not, that “one” will likely be No. 11, Kyrie Irving. 

We saw in Dallas what can happen when Irving feels he has little choice but to put the team on his back and carry them to victory. 

The Celtics were desperate for a spark against the Mavericks and found it in Irving, who scored 47 points in leading the Celtics to a come-from-behind 110-102 overtime win. 

It remains to be seen if the Celtics will require a similar Herculean effort tonight when they take the Miami Heat with a chance to extend their winning streak to 17 straight. 

This team isn’t one to dwell on success in the past, even if the past was just 24 hours ago. But there’s no getting around how what happened on Monday night might impact what we see against the Heat. 

Boston expended a tremendous amount of energy in rallying from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter at Dallas, the kind of effort that may be difficult to replicate against a Miami team that you can count on to play hard from the opening tip to the final horn. 

Irving’s performance was one of the rare instances this season when Boston clearly could not have won without their top scorer having a big game. 

“When we needed it most, he made big shot after big shot,” said Al Horford. “He had such good rhythm, I was thinking, ‘just let him keep it going.’ He just kept being aggressive, taking really good shots. He recognized he needed to be extra aggressive, especially at the end and score the ball for us.”

Scoring could potentially be at a premium against Miami which allows 102.5 points per game which ranks ninth in the league in fewest points allowed. Also, the Heat will test Boston’s perimeter defenders. Miami comes into tonight’s game averaging 11.1 made 3-pointers per game which ranks ninth in the NBA. 

The Heat are led by Goran Dragic who is averaging team highs in scoring (18.3 points) and assists (4.7) this season. 

These two squared off earlier this season in Miami with the Celtics coming away with a 96-90 win as Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum led the way with 24 and 20 points, respectively. In that game, the Heat were without starting center Hassan Whiteside, who will be in the lineup tonight as the Heat try to bounce back after losing three of its last four games.

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