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

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 from the field and 8-
of-11 shooting from the free line to go along with four rebounds in 23
minutes off the bench, although Indiana lost to Miami 84-80 on Sunday.

“This was Jermaine O’Neal’s first game in a month,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle
said. “All things considered, he made his free throws for the most part, and
he took good shots. If you look at his plus minus, he played a very good
game.”

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.

The 26-year-old, who made the All-Star Game as a reserve this season, is the
Pacers’ leading scorer and shot-blocker and is second in rebounding. He is
averaging 24.5 points to go along with 8.8 rebounds and 86 blocks in
42 contests, including 39 starts.

Indiana went 15-8 and clinched a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs
without O’Neal.

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.

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