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Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal sprains knee, will have MRI

By on 5/02/2014 10:45:00 AM

The Golden State Warriors evened their best-of-seven series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday with a 100-99 win. At three games a piece, the deciding game is Saturday at the Staples Center. The is some concern for the Warriors, as center Jermaine O'Neal left the game with a sprained right knee after scoring two points and grabbing three rebounds in just two minutes of action.

Noah Salzman via Wikimedia Commons

Ric Bucher, NBA analyst and sideline reporter, tweeted the following during last night's game on O'Neal.
Bucher, later updated O'Neal's status.
O'Neal said after the game that he is hopeful to play in Game 7 and doesn't think he tore his ACL or MCL.  His knee went backwards and not sideways, so there is a relatively good chance that he didn't suffer a tear.  The outcome of the MRI will determine his fate for tonight's game.

O'Neal is an 18-year veteran who has played for the Trail Blazers, Pacers, Heat, Raptors, Celtics, Suns and Warriors. He averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 44 games this season. This post season, O'Neal is averaging seven points and four rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game.

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