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The Charlotte Bobcats said coach Steve Clifford underwent a successful procedure Friday to have two stents placed in his heart.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said in a release Friday that Clifford is “resting comfortably” in the hospital but it’s too early to know when he’ll return to work. Higgins says Clifford checked himself into the hospital Thursday night because he was suffering from chest pains.

Clifford, 52, joined the Bobcats this offseason after spending last year as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Bobcats are off to a 3-2 start under Clifford.

Hall of famer Patrick Ewing was to serve as Charlotte’s acting coach against the New York Knicks on Friday night.

Clifford becomes the second professional coach to check himself into a Charlotte hospital in the last week. Denver Broncos coach John Fox, who used to coach the Panthers and still owns a home in Charlotte, was admitted last Saturday with chest pains.

Clifford joined the Bobcats on May 29, replacing Mike Dunlap, who was fired after the Bobcats went 21-61.

The Bobcats have been thrilled with Clifford’s approach thus far, saying he has the right makeup to deal with professional players. He spent 13 seasons as an NBA assistant coach for the Knicks, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets and Lakers.

Mavs’ Carter suspended

Dallas Mavericks forward Vince Carter was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for a flagrant foul.

Carter threw an elbow and made contact with the head of Oklahoma City center Steven Adams.

Carter was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected after the incident with 4 minutes left in the third quarter Wednesday night. Carter served his suspension Friday night.

Heat’s Chalmers fined

Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers was fined $15,000 by the NBA for hitting Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the throat with a forearm Thursday night.

The foul also was upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2 from a common infraction.



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