Bobcats G Bell injures calf vs. Heat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte starting shooting guard Raja Bell left the Bobcats' 97-92 loss to Miami in the third quarter because of a strained right calf.

Bell crumpled to the floor near midcourt while the Heat were on a fast break. Play was stopped after the Heat's Udonis Haslem was fouled with 10:33 left, and Bell clutched his right leg as he tried to get to his feet.

Miami saw three key players injured in a 5-minute span in the second half.

First, Haslem cut his right thumb on the backboard while defending Gerald Wallace's driving layup attempt in the final minute of the third quarter. He was taken to the locker room and did not return.

Early in the fourth quarter, forward Michael Beasley twisted his right ankle while backing up defending Boris Diaw. He was also taken to the locker room, but returned late in the fourth quarter.

Two minutes later, center Jermaine O'Neal also came up lame with an apparent ankle injury. He was taken to the locker room, but also returned to the game.

Putting little pressure on his leg, Bell was helped off the floor by Bobcats reserves Sean May and Nazr Mohammed and went straight to the locker room.

Bell came in averaging 11.9 points and is Charlotte's top defender. He had been guarding Miami's Dwyane Wade.