OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Golden State Warriors center Jermaine O’Neal has accused Los Angeles Clippers center Glen “Big Baby” Davis of dirty play for barreling into O’Neal during Game 6 of their teams’ playoff series Thursday.
O’Neal went down early in the second quarter during the game at Oracle Arena in Oakland after Davis tumbled into O’Neal’s knee, hyperextending it.
O’Neal was not able to put any weight on his leg and did not return to the game. X-rays were negative and O’Neal was scheduled for an MRI Friday morning.
“It was a terrible play by Big Baby” said O’Neal.
Was it an unnecessary play on Davis’ part? “Absolutely,” said O’Neal.
“Either he has terrible balance for a professional athlete, or he was trying to dive for my legs,” said O’Neal.
In the Clippers locker room, Davis said he was surprised to hear O’Neal’s reaction, calling it a clean play.
As for O’Neal’s comments that he planned to talk with Davis about the play, Davis said, “Let him talk.”
O’Neal’s status for Game 7 on Saturday is uncertain, but he said he intended to play.
“Anything short of God c0ming back … of the rapture, anything short of that, more than likely I’ll play,” said O’Neal.
Two other Warriors centers are out with injuries. Starting center Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely with a fractured rib and backup center Festus Ezeli is out because of knee surgery.