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Bobcats' Gerald Wallace Has Collapsed Lung

Charlotte's Gerald Wallace remains hospitalized for the injury he suffered Tuesday.
Charlotte's Gerald Wallace remains hospitalized for the injury he suffered Tuesday. (By Stephen Dunn -- Getty Images)

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bobcats F Gerald Wallace suffered a partially collapsed left lung and a fractured rib late in the team's double-overtime victory over the Lakers, team officials said yesterday.

Wallace scored 15 points before a flagrant foul by Andrew Bynum knocked him to the floor with 2 minutes 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's game, which the Bobcats won, 117-110.

A statement from the Bobcats said Wallace was taken off the floor and underwent X-rays at Staples Center. Preliminary results were inconclusive, prompting Lakers team physicians to arrange a second examination.

The statement said Wallace had 30 to 40 percent of his left lung collapse as well as a non-displaced fracture of the fifth rib. The team said Wallace underwent a CT scan at Centinela Hospital in Los Angeles, and had a chest tube inserted into the lung to help restore full function.

Wallace was to remain in the hospital over the next 48 hours for observation and did not accompany the team to Portland for last night's game against the Trail Blazers.

Team spokesman B.J. Evans said there was no immediate indication on when Wallace would rejoin the team, or even when he would return to Charlotte.

· CELTICS: F Brian Scalabrine will miss a week to 10 days after suffering his second concussion in three days.

Scalabrine was injured while going up for a rebound against teammate Patrick O'Bryant in practice on Tuesday, two days after he was hit in the head in the second half of a blowout win over the Mavericks.

· LAKERS: F Trevor Ariza remains "slightly impaired" from a concussion he suffered against the Bobcats, and it's unclear when he'll return to the team.

-- From News Services


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