It’s a playoff Mirzacle!
Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic has been activated for the first time since a diagnosis of bilateral pulmonary embolus (blood clots in his lungs) exactly three months ago, the team announced shortly before the game.
Lionel Hollins was still debating whether or not to activate Teletovic during his pre-game press conference, citing his worry that Teletovic would not be able to contribute. Activating him for the game would seem to indicate that he believes Teletovic is ready to play.
Teletovic hadn’t played since January 21st, when he left the court early against the Los Angeles Lakers with shortness of breath. He was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with blood clots. The original diagnosis ruled Teletovic out for the season, but his blood work came back clean shortly before the playoffs. He said he was unsure about how much he would be able to contribute during the practices leading up to Game 2, but did contact drills and played in scrimmages with his teammates.
Earl Clark will take Teletovic’s place on the inactive list.