Update from the Herald: Davis suffered the injury in some sort of fight with an ex-teammate who was visiting him over the weekend. Big Baby was apparently defending himself and is “very upset” about what happened.
Save the jokes about Big Baby taking his MMA training too far. This is a potential minutes problem for the Celtics, and the season hasn’t even started. Baby looked fantastic in pre-season, and he’s the key to making sure the old guys in the C’s front court don’t have to play too much.
So, yeah: Enter Shelden Williams!
Original post: Via The Boston Herald:
Glen Davis was not at practice today because of a “hand injury” that seems rather mysterious at this point.
Doc Rivers said the injury did not occur at practice and that Davis was sent for X-rays. Rivers also did not know what hand was injured or how it happened.
Sources, however, are saying now that it is Davis’ right thumb that is injured and that the full extend is unknown.
CelticsHub’s Take: With this injury, it appears that the C’s new bench depth may very well be tested in its very first regular season game. Clearly we have no idea when, where, and how exactly Baby injured his thumb, but one would expect the C’s to err on the side of caution if the injury is anything remotely serious.
The C’s are all ready down to 12 healthy players for the opener with TA, Walker, and Scal being ruled out with injuries. If Baby has to sit in Cleveland with the thumb injury, Shelden Williams could be forced into some minutes, especially if Perk gets into foul trouble trying to body up Shaq. Not exactly encouraging news, considering the guy could barely crack the rotation in the team’s preseason games.
No need to speculate on this more now, given the lack of report on the severity of the injury, but surely something to keep an eye on as the injury bug is all ready biting the C’s again early this year. Let’s hope it stays away from the starters.