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 win against the Chicago Bulls after sustaining a
left knee sprain in the first half.

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 posted four points and six rebounds before leaving. He will be re-
evaluated on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old All Star is having a sensational year for the Eastern
Conference-leading Pacers. He entered Monday’s action averaging 20.6 points,
10.2 rebounds and 2.64 blocks per game.

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