The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers didn’t like each other before opening the NBA’s first round playoffs pitted against one another.
The tough, hard nosed and at times relatively dirty play has only thrown more fuel on the fire, especially after Warriors big man Jermaine O’Neal went down with a leg injury in Game 6.
Los Angeles power forward Glen Davis ended up bowling balling into the leg of O’Neal, which didn’t give way and appeared to hyper-extend itself. Davis suggested that it was simply a basketball play gone wrong but O’Neal doesn’t seem to buy such, suggesting to News10 that Davis intentionally went for his knees.
Thankfully O’Neal didn’t suffer any serious ligament damage and plans to be on the court for Saturday’s Game 7, winner-take-all matchup.
Golden State is already limited on size without Andrew Bogut on the floor, so the loss of O’Neal would be rather devastating to the front court. How close to 100 percent he is however, remains unknown.