Monday , Mar , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Jermaine O’Neal leaves game after collision

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers forward and MVP candidate
Jermaine O’Neal left Monday’s game against the Chicago Bulls after sustaining
an apparent left knee injury.

O’Neal collided with Chicago’s Ronald Dupree inside the 9:00 mark of the
second quarter, banging his knee against the rookie forward’s thigh. He was
helped off the court by some teammates and taken to the locker room.

O’Neal was still being evaluated at halftime. His return is doubtful.

The 25-year-old All Star is having a sensational year for the Eastern
Conference-leading Pacers, averaging 20.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.64
blocks entering action on Monday.

It marks the third straight season O’Neal has averaged more than 19 points, 10
rebounds and two blocks per game.