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Ron Artest gets hurt at home, will probably miss tonight's game

December 26, 2009 | 10:48 am


Lakers forward Ron Artest will probably miss tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings after tripping over a box and falling down a set of stairs at home Friday night, according to a statement released by the Lakers.

Artest was treated at the UCLA Medical Center emergency room and was released after undergoing a series of tests, including a CT scan. He received stitches on the back of his head and his elbow.

Artest did not accompany the team to Sacramento this morning and will be examined today by a Los Angeles neurologist, after which the team will announce his estimated return time.

In the best-case scenario, Artest will take a flight out of LAX and join the team in time for tonight’s game against the Kings. In the worst case, he has a concussion and could miss a few games.

“I think he’s feeling OK,” said his agent, David Bauman. “He had a little bit of a scare last night. He said he tripped over a box or something like that. It was an hour after the game. He just needed some stitches. If they had any concern at all, they would have kept him overnight. Assuming all is OK, they’ll probably pop him on a plane tomorrow and he’ll make it to Phoenix.”

The Lakers play at Phoenix on Monday.

Artest, 30, is averaging 12.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers. He will probably be replaced by Lamar Odom or Josh Powell in the starting lineup.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest holds his defensive position as Cavaliers forward LeBron James works in the post Friday night. Credit: Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty Images