April 11, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Cleveland Cavaliers mascot Moondog lays on the ground before the game against the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

Moondog, Erden Suffer Injuries Against Pacers


The Cleveland Cavaliers just can’t catch a break this season when it comes to injuries. Their latest victim to the injury plague? Cavaliers mascot Moondog, who was involved in a pre game altercation with Indiana Pacers forward David West, was the first of two Cavaliers to be injured Wednesday night.

Cleveland center Semih Erden, who will miss at least two games with a right ankle injury, will remain in Cleveland for the weekend to receive treatment so the doctor’s can update his playing status. The X-rays came back negative, but confirmed he had a sprained ankle.

Moondog was not as fortunate as Erden. He was sent to the hospital after a run-in went bad with West. Usually the lovable mascot picks a player on the opposing team to mess around with before the game, but West took some jabs back to Moondog, which actually injured the dog.

West ended up injuring the mascot’s eyes, which West thought was part of Moondog’s act. Moondog was treated and released from the hospital and is expected to be back on the court for Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic.

Moondog has since released a statement via Twitter that can be seen below:

Just wanted to give an update from last nights game.

As you may have heard on Fox Sports Ohio or other reputable sites I was injured in last nights game against the hated Pacers.
Just after the anthem was played one of the Pacers gave me a playful love tap that landed just right and sent me on an rather uneventful and non-exciting trip the ER (uneventful and non-exciting compared to the overtime game at the Q).

After getting my eye flushed by the capible hands of the Q EMT, then given a exam by the excellent team doctor (wait your turn Semih), I was encouraged to go to the ER to have an additional look at my eye. (and when I said encouraged I mean ordered).

The Cleveland Clinic has same day appointments and when you get poked in the eye by a Pacer they also admit you to the ER without a lot of questions.

Of course I received World-Class care and was sent on my way with some fine advice, red flags to look for and some cream for my eye.

Upon my discharge the doctor noted that lessor competitors would be in intensive care for 3-4 days.  While my status is technically Day-to-Day (whose isn’t) I will be back in action on Sunday when the Cavs take on the hated Orlando Magic.
Thank you to everyone who took care of me last night and the millions who have sent well wishes today. I will see you Sunday.

–dog
I just find it straight up hilarious that even our mascot can’t stay off the injury list. Get well Moondog.

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