Thursday , Mar , 03 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers’ O’Neal suffers shoulder injury

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O’Neal was
forced to leave Thursday’s loss in Denver with a sprained right shoulder.

The injury occurred late in the second quarter when O’Neal drove the lane and
was hit on the right arm by Denver’s Francisco Elson. O’Neal grabbed his arm
in obvious pain, but stayed in to convert both foul shots with his left hand.
He then headed to the locker room for treatment, but no word was given on the
extent of the injury.

O’Neal had 11 points and five rebounds before leaving the contest.

O’Neal, who made the All-Star Game as a reserve this season, was the Pacers’
leading scorer after coming into the contest with 21.5 points per game. He was
also averaging 9.1 rebounds and 2.15 blocks in 40 games.