Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said X-rays showed no fracture but
Artest was to undergo an MRI on Saturday morning. It was unclear
whether the injury would keep Artest out of any additional games.
Artest, one of the NBA's top defensive players and the Pacers'
top scorer at 21.1 points, said he was injured in the fourth
quarter of Thursday night's victory over Cleveland when LeBron
James fouled him hard.
"LeBron said it was not a foul but he darn near broke my
hand," Artest said. "It was hard, very hard. It was definitely a
frustration foul because he didn't go after the ball."
Carlisle said he took Artest out of the lineup because Artest's
wrist was so sore he couldn't bend it back far enough to shoot.
Artest said he hoped to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers when the Pacers open a five-game road trip.
"I actually could have played tonight because I could play with
one hand," Artest said. "But I might as well let it get better."
Artest, a hard-nosed defender who doesn't shy from contact, may
be best known for his role in last year's brawl in Detroit. He
missed the final 73 games and all of the playoffs last season after
charging into the stands and fighting with Pistons fans.
The Pacers activated Eddie Gill to replace Artest on the roster.