O'Neal on 'Big Baby' Davis: 'We'll talk; we'll talk; we'll talk'
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OAKLAND – The Warriors are, for the most part, a bunch of polite men with an abiding sense of faith in line with their coach, also known as the Rev. Mark Jackson.
That does not necessarily mean they are trained to turn the other cheek.
Not after what they saw in the second quarter of Game 6 against the Clippers, when 290-pound Los Angeles forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis, rammed his head and shoulders into the lower body of Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal, resulting in a right knee injury that threatens O'Neal's status for Game 7 on Saturday.
"You've got to respond," Warriors forward Draymond Green said before practice Friday. "I'm not going to get into it. But it's been said that it was possibly a dirty play. I'm not going to get into all of that.
"But you've got to respond because regardless whether the play was dirty or not, one of our guys went down. And when a guys goes down, we've got to come together even more."
O'Neal on Thursday night said he considered it a dirty play, though he could not understand why Davis would do such a thing.
"We played together (in Boston)," O'Neal. "We were cool."
The Warriors obviously are upset about the play, which resulted in an injury that may be severe enough to imperil O'Neal's career. The Warriors are awaiting results of an MRI test taken Friday morning.
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala acknowledged that's what crossed his mind when he saw Davis barrel into O'Neal: "Are we playing a game, or are we trying to end things for other guys?" he wondered.
There was no expression of retaliation, which would inflame tensions already on high while also inviting the possibility of a fine. But that does not mean the Warriors will ignore the play, which resulted in Davis being whistled for a common foul.
When asked about his thoughts on the play, Warriors coach Mark Jackson paused for a few moments before responding, clearly wanting to choose his words carefully.
"I really didn't get a clear look," he said. "I can see both ways. I think Big Baby knows the answer to that. I don't know."
Jackson said he believes the NBA will take a closer look at the incident but would not speculate on the possibility of Davis being fined or suspended.