Pacers’ O’Neal activated from injured list
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Jermaine O’Neal
was activated from the injured list less than a month after confirming he
would miss the rest of the season with an injured shoulder.
O’Neal finished with 16 points on 4-of-15 shooting and four rebounds in 23
minutes off the bench, although Indiana lost to Miami 84-80.
Originally placed on the injured list on March 4, he sustained a subluxated
sprain of the right shoulder the previous night during a loss to the Nuggets
when he was hit on the right arm by Denver’s Francisco Elson while driving
to the basket.
“Unfortunately, I am done for the rest of the regular season,” O’Neal said on
the team’s Web site shortly after the injury occurred. “There is a chance,
if rehab goes well, that I can play maybe in the first round of the
playoffs. It just depends on what the rehab does.”
The 26-year-old, who made the All-Star Game as a reserve this season, is the
Pacers’ leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker. He is averaging 24.8
points to go along with 9.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 41 contests,
including 39 starts.
Indiana has gone 15-8 and clinched a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs
In a related move, the Pacers placed guard Jamaal Tinsley on the injured list
with a bruised left foot.
As for Sunday’s game, Austin Croshere sat out with a sore back.