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Big Baby needs surgery

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  October 26, 2009 05:29 PM

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Celtic president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he "would not confirm or deny" circumstances surrounding the injury sustained by forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who will miss the first part of the regular season with a hand injury.

According to a league source, Davis has a broken thumb and will require surgery.

Davis, who missed practice this afternoon and did not travel with the team to Cleveland for tomorrow night's opener, was injured during a fight, according to a report by the Herald's Steve Bulpett. According to the report, Davis was injured defending himself in an altercation with a former teammate who was visiting from Louisiana and could be sidelined for an extended period of time.

"I am not making a public statement until we have all of the facts relative to the injury," Ainge said. "We sent him for a scan and further tests. It looks like he's going to be out for a while."

The Celtics will also be missing Tony Allen (ankle surgery), Brian Scalabrine (ankle sprain), and Bill Walker (knee surgery). Ray Allen, who sustained a cut over his eye during practice Saturday, trained at full speed and is expected to be in the starting lineup. Davis arrived at practice, but complained of pain in his hand, and was dismissed to undergo an examination, according to coach Doc Rivers.

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