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Did Glen Davis hurt Shaq's thumb on purpose?  Before you dismiss the notion, watch the tape.  I'll let Dan Duggan of the Herald present the facts:

BostonHerald.com - Video of Baby-Shaq thumb war

So, about that whole Glen Davis-Shaquille O’Neal incident in last Thursday’s game….it seems that Davis’ take to the Herald on Saturday was a bit off the mark.

Davis claimed that the replays showing him giving a few tugs on O’Neal’s thumb occurred before the Cavs center injured his thumb. O’Neal hurt the thumb when Davis hit it while blocking a shot with 7:37 remaining in the second quarter. O’Neal left the game 39 seconds later during a Cavs timeout. A TNT replay showed Davis pulling on O’Neal’s thumb while they jockeyed for position in the post on a Cleveland possession.

An extended video from the game shows that the Cavs actually had a second offensive possession before O’Neal was removed from the game. The video shows Davis grabbing at O’Neal’s thumb, and the exchange clearly happened after the initial injury.

Ironically, Shaq's injury was the best thing that could have happened for the Cavs in that game since it led to the small frontline lineup that killed the Celtics down the stretch.

What do you think?