Curry remains in Charlotte

Updated: March 31, 2005, 8:43 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls center Eddy Curry was treated Thursday for an irregular heartbeat after staying behind in Charlotte and missing his team's game against Cleveland.

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Curry was not scheduled to return to Chicago until Friday, when he is expected to be examined by team doctors.

"You wouldn't be human if you weren't worried about it," coach Scott Skiles said. "He'll be re-examined tomorrow, so we'll just have to wait and see."

The 22-year-old warmed up for Wednesday night's game -- which the Bulls won 102-99 -- but was a late scratch for what was listed as flu-like symptoms.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Curry spent the game hooked up to a heart monitor having tests performed.

"Right before the game, I felt some lightheadedness and dizziness," Curry said after the game. "It came out of nowhere, so it really kind of scared me a little bit."

Curry would not comment on whether his problems were heart-related.

"I talked to him before the game and he told me he had chest pains," fellow prep-to-pro Tyson Chandler said Thursday. "I kind of laughed at him and said it wasn't that serious.

"I really honestly don't know what is going on. Now, I just think everybody's thoughts are with him. And we are really concerned how he's feeling, more so having to be in this situation in another city."

General manager John Paxson declined comment pending test results.

The Bulls' chartered plane had equipment problems after Wednesday's game and the team was forced to spend the night in a Charlotte hotel, where Curry was monitored overnight. He did not accompany the team on Thursday morning's flight out.

The 6-11, 285-pound Curry has started 60 games for the Bulls this season. He leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game, averaging five rebounds and nearly 29 minutes. He's shooting 54 percent.

Curry is in his fourth NBA season after making the jump from Thornwood High School in suburban Chicago to the pros. Curry was the fourth overall pick of the 2001 draft.

He had scored at least 25 points in each of his two previous games, and the Bulls had a seven-game winning streak entering play Thursday night.

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