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O'Neal, who is scheduled to have an MRI exam, hopes to play in Game 7. "Anything short of God coming back and rapture, anything short of that, I will play," he said.
Jackson said Friday that he wants O'Neal to start because it's easier for the 35-year-old veteran to stay loose. He also says O'Neal provides a similar skill set to Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib. O'Neal averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 44 games this season, his 18th in the NBA. He sat out 25 games following surgery on his right wrist in December and also missed time with injuries to his right foot, groin and both knees.
With O'Neal not in the rotation, expect more minutes for fellow reserve forwards Marreese Speights and Draymond Green in Sunday's game.
O'Neal has started in his last five appearances but this was the kind of fluke fantasy performance that hopefully your team was not on the other end of.
With the All-Star break up next, Warriors coach Mark Jackson says the team wanted to give Bogut and O'Neal more time to rest nagging injuries. It will be the fourth straight game Bogut has missed because of a left shoulder injury, while O'Neal will sit out for the second consecutive game with inflammation in his surgically repaired right wrist.
It marked the first time he played since undergoing right wrist surgery Dec. 13. In an ironic twist, both of his last two games have been against Charlotte.
He is considered day to day. He has battled numerous knee injuries throughout his career, though the most serious have been to his left knee.
There is no word on a return date.
O'Neal, a six-time NBA All-Star, had reached agreement on a contract two weeks ago. Golden State is likely to use the 34-year-old O'Neal as a backup to Andrew Bogut. Festus Ezeli is working back from right knee surgery and is not expected to be ready to return for months. O'Neal played in 55 games with four starts last season for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18.7 minutes. The 6-foot-11 center is entering his 18th NBA season.