Celtics' Telfair leaves game with shortness of breath

Updated: November 11, 2006, 4:42 PM ET
Associated Press

Sebastian Telfair
Telfair

BOSTON -- Point guard Sebastian Telfair left the Celtics' game against the Utah Jazz on Friday night with shortness of the breath and did not return to the Celtics' 107-100 loss.

He was diagnosed with bronchospasm and traveled with the team to Cleveland on Saturday, according to Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss.

"He looked at me once and said he was OK," Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe on Friday. "Then, he came back and said, 'I can't breathe and my chest is hurting.' So, you don't goof around with that, obviously. He's doing a lot of tests. It's scary."

Telfair left midway through the first quarter and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Telfair, who came in averaging 10.3 points and 2.8 rebounds, scored four points on 2-of-3 shooting.

The most common cause of bronchospasm -- or a temporary narrowing of the airways in the lungs -- is asthma, but an allergic reaction, infection or more chronic condition can also cause it.


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