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Shaq seeing another specialist, out indefinitely

Feb 28, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

The Cavs have released a statement concerning the health of injured center Shaquille O’Neal:

“Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal underwent evaluation, including a”MRI, at Cleveland Clinic  Sports Health late Saturday afternoon upon the team’s return from Toronto, the results of which  confirmed a significant sprain to his right thumb. He will travel with Cavaliers Head Team  Physician Dr. Richard Parker today for additional evaluation by Dr. Thomas Graham at the  National Hand Center in Baltimore, Maryland. His status will be updated following that exam as appropriate. His game status remains Out and no time table for his return to play has been  established yet.”

First off, there’s a National Hand Center? Is J.P. Prewitt getting help there?

This is sounding more and more like something severe, which would be a significant blow to the Cavs’ hopes of maintaining the top seed in the East. If he needs surgery, the impact could be even greater. We’ll keep you updated on Shaq’s status and any developments.

  1. Kris - Feb 28, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    “..Significant blow to the Cavs’ hopes of maintaining the top seed in the East” What? There is no way they are in trouble of blowing a SIX game lead with 22 left! Nevermind the fact that they may be better suited w/o Shaq against all but ORL and LA. Cavs definitely need Shaq long-term, but to say they need him to secure the #1 seed in the East is not accurate.

  2. MattC - Feb 28, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    I’ve been worried about this since it happened when they said it was a “SEVERE” thumb sprain that night after Shaq had been evaluated in the locker room. I knew it could mean something like this. I’m not feeling good about this at all long-term.

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