Pacers' Artest has sprained thumb
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, Associated Press Writer
January 27, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest is day to day due to a sprained thumb that is not damaged as badly as originally thought.
Artest flew to New York on Monday to have the thumb examined by the doctor who repaired torn ligaments in it when Artest was a sophomore at St. John's.
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said on Tuesday that the ligaments on Artest's non-shooting hand were torn again, but after trainers examined an MRI taken in New York, it was determined that the thumb was only sprained.
Artest is Indiana's second-leading scorer. He is averaging 17.5 points a game, but has struggled since injuring the thumb against New Jersey on Jan. 17. He shot 32 percent in the four games since then, including a 3-for-18 performance Friday in a loss to Houston.
Artest said he believed he could play with the injury.
``It won't affect me much,'' Artest said. ``I'm a righty anyway. I'll just have to play through it and get used to it.''
Updated on Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 3:53 pm EST