Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal has participated in shootaround is expected to play against Charlotte.
Coach Mike Brown said O'Neal "will probably play" unless he has a setback before Friday night's game. O'Neal has sat out the past six games with a strained left shoulder.
Brown said O'Neal will be limited to between 24 and 26 minutes against the Bobcats and again Saturday against Dallas as he works his way back into game condition.
O'Neal is averaging 11.3 points and 6.