Shaq out against Memphis

Wire reports

MIAMI -- Bad news for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are rooting for the Miami Heat to beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

Miami center Shaquille O'Neal will miss his second consecutive game Friday night after a stomach ailment sent him to South Miami Hospital for treatment the past two days.

"He went yesterday and again today," coach Stan Van Gundy said after Wednesday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. "He's got some sort of infection, and it'll take a couple of days to clear up. He'll be fine.

"They got some fluids into him. He's feeling a lot better, but we will not have him in Memphis on Friday. But he should be fine."


The Wolves trail Memphis for the eighth seed in the Western Conference by by 21⁄2; games.

Van Gundy's disappointment that the NBA's most dominant player will not be in the lineup against the Grizzlies seemed to be tempered by his pleasure with the exceptional play of his team during a 104-86 dismantling of the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Without O'Neal, the Heat overwhelmed the Bulls on both ends of the court to snap the visitor's nine-game winning streak.

"We have to play a different game, and we have to play at a high energy level and really rely on a lot of ball movement on the offensive end, putting the ball on the floor," Van Gundy said.

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