Jermaine O’Neal is a man of faith, so according to him, he is going to play in Game 7 “anything short of God coming back and rapture.”
It certainly didn’t look like he would play after sustaining what the Golden State Warriors are calling a bone bruise on his right knee in Game 6. In the second quarter, O’Neal was knocked to the ground by Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis. O’Neal stayed down, holding his knee, pounding and rolling on the floor in pain. He was helped up and walked to the locker room, and did not return in the game.
The video of the incident can be seen below:
Afterwards, O’Neal told the Bay Area News Group’s Diamond Leung that Davis’ actions were “absolutely” unnecessary and that he would talk to Davis.
“It’s just a dirty play, to be quite honest,” O’Neal also said, via USA Today. “I mean I’m not going to go try to dive into somebody’s legs — it wasn’t a scramble for the ball.”
O’Neal has seen more playing time this series in place of the injured Andrew Bogut, so without O’Neal, the Warriors would be even more shorthanded down low. In Game 6, the Warriors went with a small lineup after O’Neal went down, and wound up pulling out the victory.
But O’Neal plans to be back for Game 7, and nothing would be sweeter than beating Davis and his Clippers.
“Either he has terrible balance as a pro athlete, or that was a dirty play,” said the man of faith on Davis. “God don’t like ugly.”