Posted Apr 1 2010 4:34PM
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal is getting closer to returning from a thumb injury.
O'Neal took part in some of practice Thursday, although coach Mike Brown isn't counting on him being back before the playoffs.
O'Neal has been sidelined since tearing a ligament in his right thumb Feb. 25. He had surgery and was expected to miss the rest of the regular season. On Wednesday, the 14-time All-Star said he was ahead of schedule.
Also, forward Anderson Varejao worked out after missing two games because of a sore left hamstring. He's a game-time decision for Friday's game against Atlanta.
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