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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
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

In the "man bites dog" portion of the news today, we have Indiana Pacers forward David West sending Cleveland Cavaliers mascot Moondog to the hospital after the two tangled just prior to the tip in the Pacers' win over the Cavs last night.

Obviously, the end result sounds much worse than the actual incident which involved DWest thinking he was having a friendly bump with the opposing mascot and then seeing the mascot appear to be playing in pain on the floor. Except ol' Moondog wasn't playing.

During pregame introductions, West got into a mock fight with Moondog, the Cavs' floppy-eared mascot, who often interacts and teases opposing players. West accidentally struck the character in the mask, sending him to the hospital with an eye injury.

''I feel terrible about that, I really do,'' said West, who was visibly upset. ''We were just having fun. We were just messing around. I really hope he's OK. Make sure he knows I'm sorry.''

If I had to pick the least likely player in the Pacers locker room to jack around with a mascot before the game it would be David West. If I had to pick the most likely player in the Pacers locker room to snap and send a mascot to the hospital, it would be David West. But an accidental injury? That would be Tyler Hansbrough.

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