Tuesday , Jan , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Artest has torn ligaments in thumb

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest has torn
ligaments in his left thumb and will need surgery to correct the injury.
However, the operation will most likely not be needed until the season is

Artest flew to New York on Monday to have the thumb looked at by the same
doctor that corrected a similar injury that Artest had when he was a sophomore
at St. John’s.

Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle said the results of the tests did reveal
Artest had torn ligaments, but the team was still in the “discovery phase of
the injury,” and it was uncertain whether Artest will hold off the surgery
until season’s end.

Artest first injured the thumb in a January 17 game against New Jersey and has
struggled with his shot since.

On the season, he is averaging 17.5 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Pacers,
who currently have the most wins in the league and the best record in the
Eastern Conference.

He remains questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.