Wounded O'Neal to give it a go in Game 7

Wounded O'Neal to give it a go in Game 7
May 3, 2014, 11:00 am
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I'm going to go as long as I can, until I look and see a substitution at the scorer's table
Jermaine O'Neal

Programming note: Coverage of Game 7 between the Warriors and Clippers starts tonight at 7 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (Channel Locations)

LOS ANGELES -– Jermaine O'Neal says he won't seek vengeance, and that he refuses to waste energy stewing over a personal beef when so much more is at stake.

He'll just go out and play until he can't any more.

O'Neal said Saturday morning that he will take an injection to dull the pain of the bone bruise on his right kneecap, put on his Warriors jersey and step on the floor to face the Clippers on Saturday night at Staples Center.

It’s Game 7 of Warriors-Clippers first-round playoff series.

For O'Neal, who is considering retirement, it might be Game Over.

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"I'm going to go as long as I can, until I look and see a substitution at the scorer's table," he said. "I'm not even going to have a conversation with coach about it. It's a normal day. I'm not going to talk about with the team, I'm not going to talk about with the staff and I'm not going to talk about with coach. Whatever my playing rotation is, that's what I'm going to do."

The 18-year veteran sustained the injury in the second quarter of Game 6 on Thursday, when 290-pound Clippers forward Glen "Big Baby'' Davis plowed into his lower body, shoulder-first, resulting in O'Neal tumbling to the floor in pain.

O'Neal said Thursday that he thought it was a dirty play. Though he has not changed his opinion, he has changed his outlook – despite saying Davis has not bothered to reach out.

"If you worry about situations that are not basketball related, then you're worrying about the wrong thing," O'Neal said. "Today it's all about just focusing on trying to win. Stop worrying about the dirty play, stop worrying about the injured knee, stop worrying about fatigue or anything else."

"You have to come whole-heartedly into this game thinking about what you can do and what your teammates need to do to win this ballgame.''

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Warriors coach Mark Jackson says O'Neal has been and still is a model for his teammates.

"He's a guy that continues to inspire this basketball team," Jackson said.

 

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