The Boston Herald reported on Monday that “Big Baby” Glen Davis broke his thumb in an altercation with a friend from Louisiana late Sunday night. Davis reportedly was trying to defend himself and sustained an injury to his right thumb. According to Danny Ainge, he will miss a “significant amount of time.” This is terrible timing for the Celtics as they prepare for their opening game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night. The Celtics coaching staff apparently are not happy with this injury, but I am sure that no one is more upset than Davis himself, especially after inking a new contract extension.
Luckily, the Celtics made enough moves in the off season that losing Davis will not seriously effect the bench depth. Rasheed Wallace, Marquis Daniels, and Shelden Williams should all be able to contribute effectively in place of Davis. Even Brian Scalabrine could see extended minutes because of this injury. However, Celtics fans will seriously miss his hustle, energy off the bench, and goofy facial expressions.
As someone who has suffered a broken right thumb in the past, I can only hope that the injury is not career threatening. When I broke my thumb, I had to have surgery, wear a cast for three months, and then go through months of rehabilitation. To this day, my right thumb is still noticeably larger than the other and I do not have full range of motion with it. For a professional basketball player, this could seriously hurt their shooting touch and grip on the ball.
We will keep everyone here posted with any new developments on this unfortunate injury. On behalf of all Celtics fans, get well soon “Big Baby!” We will all be eagerly awaiting your return!
Thanks to Eric Kilby for the photo of Glen Davis.