Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a health scare that forced him to leave Thursday night’s loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Teletovic left the game due to suffering from shortness of breath, and was taken to a local Los Angeles hospital. Following a series of tests including a CT scan, Teletovic was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus, which is multiple blood clots in the lungs.
He will remain hospitalized in Los Angeles to undergo further diagnostic testing and to begin treatment, which includes blood thinners being administered. Due to the nature of blood thinners, Teletovic will be unable to play for the remainder of the season. Once he is cleared for travel, he will return to Brooklyn. Further updates on his condition will be provided as necessary.
In 40 games this season, Teletovic posted averages of 8.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.3 minutes per game. Over 165 career games, including 11 starts, over three seasons with the Nets, he has averages of 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 16.9 minutes per game.
Nets center Mason Plumlee said of Teletovic, “He’s one of the most well-liked guys and a big part of what we do.”
Former Nets teammate Kris Humphries, who played with Teletovic in the 2012-13 season, tweeted out, “My thoughts and prayers are with @Teletovic33 and his family…get better soon! Great player, even greater person!”