Sunday , Apr , 17 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq leaves game with leg injury

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Miami Heat All-Star center Shaquille O’Neal
left Sunday’s 84-80 victory against Indiana with a right leg contusion.

O’Neal had 11 points, three rebounds and a blocked shot in 17 minutes of
action before exiting the game with 43.7 seconds remaining in the first half.

The injury occurred when Indiana forward Jermaine O’Neal elevated for a layup
and drove his knee into the thigh of Shaquille O’Neal, who was attempting to
block the shot.

Shaquille O’Neal went directly to the locker room and was visibly limping.
However, the decision to hold him out could be precautionary, as Miami has
already locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with two games
remaining.

In his first season with the Heat, the 1999-00 league MVP is averaging 23
points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.36 blocks entering Sunday’s game.

Former All-Star Alonzo Mourning started at center for the Heat in the second
half, finishing the game with eight points, nine boards and three blocked
shots in 25 minutes. Miami also has serviceable veteran center Michael Doleac
on its bench.

MIA