Shaquille O'Neal Injures Thumb In Cavaliers' Win Over Celtics

The Cleveland Cavaliers got a big win over the Boston Celtics last night, but it came with a potential long-term cost, as Shaquille O'Neal suffered a thumb injury that the team deemed "significant."

Via SB Nation's Cavaliers blog Fear the Sword.

Shaquille O'Neal left Thursday NIght's game in Boston in the 2nd Quarter with what the Cavaliers are calling a "significant thumb sprain" on his right hand.  O'Neal looked to get injured when Glen Davis of the Celtics swiped the ball out of Shaq's hands as he was going up for a shot.  O'neal originally stayed in the game, but left shortly thereafter when he continued to feel pain in the hand.    

After the game, O'Neal said he would be fine, but Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer said not to read too much into that.

After the game Shaq said he was going to be OK and wasn't wearing anything on thumb. But wait for that MRI, "sprain" means torn ligament.    

That MRI is reportedly coming today, and Windhorst takes a stab at how long O'Neal might be out. 

Should know more about Shaq's thumb today. Amateur here based on experience: Partial tear, 2-3 weeks. Full tear: 6+ weeks.    

If Shaq's out for a while, it's bad news for the Cavaliers. Sure, they won last night's game by going to a small lineup, but that won't work against many teams in the league. The temporary absence of Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who is likely to return to the Cavaliers by the end of the month after being bought out by the Wizards, means the Cavaliers don't currently have another center on the roster. Scott Schroeder of SB Nation's NBA Developmental League blog Ridiculous Upside is reporting the Cavs will call Darnell Jackson back up to provide some depth, but not having Ilgauskas as insurance for Shaq could really cost the Cavaliers as they work for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.