Tuesday , Mar , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Artest activated from injured list

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Ron Artest
was activated from the injured list and is expected to be in the starting
lineup for Tuesday’s game at Golden State.

Artest had been sidelined after undergoing surgery on February 19 to repair
a ligament tear in his left thumb. He originally strained the thumb during
a January 17 game against New Jersey and then aggravated the injury during a
loss against New Orleans on February 17 when he fell on the hand.

Artest had a follow-up examination on Monday in New York and was cleared by
Dr. Michelle Carlson to play. He will wear protective padding around the
thumb.

The 24-year-old Artest is in the midst of the best season of his career, as he
is averaging 18.0 points and 5.3 rebounds over 52 games.

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