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OAKLAND – Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal underwent an MRI test Friday morning and was diagnosed with a bone bruise to his right kneecap, leaving him as questionable for Game 7 against the Clippers on Saturday night.
O'Neal sustained the injury with 9:39 remaining in the second quarter of Game 6 Thursday night at Oracle Arena.
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After picking up a rebound and while holding the ball above his head, his lower body took a forceful blow from 290-pound Clippers forward Glen "Big Baby'' Davis.
O'Neal immediately fell to the floor, clutching his right knee. He remained down for several minutes before being helped off the court and into the locker room. He did not return.
O'Neal said late Thursday night that he would do all he could to play in Game 7. He indicated he might retire and did not want to leave the game due to an injury.
"I wouldn't put it past him,'' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said prior to the diagnosis. "The guy is a gamer. He wants to go out on his terms. I'm sure if he can give us something, then that will be his mindset. But we will use wisdom.''