Shoulder increases concern for All-Star
O'Neal, among the NBA leaders in scoring with a career-high average of 25.1 points, was hurt at Denver last week and missed his fourth consecutive game Friday night. The Pacers defeated Golden State 101-83.
"We're still gathering information," Carlisle said of the shoulder injury, originally diagnosed as a subluxated sprain. "We'll know more probably tomorrow or the next day."
"We're waiting to find out. But I'm afraid it may be [more serious]," he said. "I can't say that for sure until he gets back in here and checks in with our doctors and we get a complete prognosis."
The game at Denver was the first of a four-game road trip for the Pacers, who lost that one but won two of the next three with Dale Davis replacing O'Neal in the lineup.
O'Neal did not accompany the team on the rest of the trip.
"I talked to him yesterday; I have not talked to him today," Carlisle said before Friday night's game against Golden State.
O'Neal came to the Pacers in 2000 in a trade with Portland for Davis, who was Indiana's No. 1 draft pick in 1991. Davis played four seasons for the Trail Blazers and was traded last year to Golden State. He played 36 games with the Warriors before he was traded to New Orleans in a deal for Baron Davis last month. The Hornets released him.
"He gives us depth up front," Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said, "which is important since we've been bothered by injuries there all season."
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