Cleveland Cavilers center Shaquille O'Neal had surgery on his right thumb and is likely to miss the rest of the regular season.
O'Neal met with Dr. Thomas Graham of the National Hand Center in Baltimore on Sunday, where Graham performed the surgery the following day, according to The New York Times.
The veteran center is expected to be out about eight weeks, which puts him in jeopardy to miss the beginning of the playoffs, according to Espn.
O'Neal has been averaging 12 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 53 games this season, and is considered a major role within the Cavilers' scheme, according to Espn.
On his Twitter page, O'Neal gave the fans some hope regarding when he returns to the court,''Will be out for a min but when I return it is on,'' O'Neal said, according to The New York Times.