Wednesday , Mar , 03 , 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 started in Tuesday’s 96-88 win
against Golden State.

Artest, who scored 12 points on 3-of-9 shooting, 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.

IND