Artest makes presence felt in Game 2

Updated: April 22, 2003, 1:48 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
"I just feel sick, man," Paul Pierce told the Boston Globe after the Pacers beat the Celtics 89-77 to even their series at 1-1. "I couldn't really go through the whole shootaround. I felt weak -- I haven't been throwing up or anything like that, just headache, coughing, nose running. I'm taking a little medication, keeping fluids in me so I don't get dehydrated. I haven't been able to sleep real good. I don't want to feel this way. I want to feel 100 percent. If it's not injuries, you want to at least feel good. You don't want to be sick going into the playoffs, but I'd rather be sick than have a major injury or anything like that. At least, I can play through this."

Some people call it the flu or head cold or combination of both. Others call it Artest-itis and have plenty of personal fouls, flagrant fouls, technical fouls and suspensions to prove it.


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