Cleveland center Shaquille O’Neal is questionable for tonight’s game against the Thunder at the Ford Center.
O’Neal left Friday’s game with a left eye contusion after getting hit in the head by the Trail Blazers’ Joel Przybilla. It will be a game-time decision whether O’Neal plays.
Asked at the morning shootaround about his eye, O’Neal said: “It’s all right. It’s cool.”
Coach Mike Brown said the team will be cautious.
“We’re always are, especially at this point of the season,” Brown said. “We’ll see how he feels tonight. If there’s any reason at all that we think we should hold him out we will.”
Since an eye injury is different than a shoulder or ankle, what is Brown’s biggest concern?
“It’s up to the doctors,” Brown said. “I don’t hold them out because I have a concern. Obviously if you get scratched there (in the eye) again it could make it worse. If you have a bum knee and get here there again or a bum finger and you get here there again it can make it worse. That’s the only thing.
“Early in the season it doesn’t hurt that if you do err to err on the side of being cautious.”
Because the injury was serious enough O’Neal had to undergo tests at the hospital, was Shaq scared?
“A little bit,” O’Neal said. “But the Cleveland trainers have done a great job of checking out everything.”
Cavs guard Daniel Gibson also is questionable with a sprained right pinkie he injured last week at Houston. Gibson sat out Friday’s game against Portland.