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BOSTON -- Top Boston Celtics reserve Glen Davis suffered a strained patella tendon in his left knee during Wednesday's win over the Phoenix Suns and will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.
Davis, who said he's been playing through pain in the knee for much of the season, came up hobbling after a two-handed jam with 49.3 seconds to play in the 115-103 victory. He dropped to the floor near midcourt while trying to limp off and was tended to by trainer Ed Lacerte and team physician Brian McKeon before departing for the locker room.
|Glen Davis winces as he limps off the court after hurting his left knee on a dunk.|
With an oversized ice pack over his knee after the game, Davis stressed that he's not too concerned about the injury and was in good spirits despite a setback that could put him on the shelf for the first time this season. Davis is averaging a career-high 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds while appearing in all 59 games, putting himself in the conversation for the league's Sixth Man of the Year award.
"I don't really know what's going on, but I'll get an MRI tomorrow," Davis said. "It was bothering me the whole year. I've just been tough, trying to be available for the team."
Davis, who was already wearing a protective sleeve on the knee, said he felt pain immediately after leaving his feet for the dunk. But Davis was moving around in the locker room and tried to take an optimistic approach.
"I'm OK," he said. "I'll be all right."
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett expressed hope that Davis wouldn't miss time, but seemed resigned to the idea that he might.
"We're back to that injury bug and trying to maneuver around it," Garnett said. "Unfortunately, Baby's going to be out. We haven't got [a lot of time left], but hopefully he's better than the norm and he's not out for too long -- or he's [not] out period. Baby's a trooper, he's been playing hurt throughout this whole year and some of last year. He [ground] through it last year and I just hope he doesn't have to go through that this year, so hopefully he's good."
Paul Pierce joked, "I see Baby go down every day, but hopefully he's all right."
Davis took a lighthearted approach as well. After telling media members the injury has prevented him from jumping, he pointed to a failed dunk attempt last month against the Miami Heat as evidence.
"That's why I don't jump that high," Davis said. "And that's why I missed that dunk. No [kidding]. Against Miami, I couldn't jump. My knees hurt. I'll be OK, though."Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.