CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 16: Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the Indiana Pacers puts up a shot against Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Tyler Hansbrough Injury: Pacers Forward Leaves Game 1 Vs. Bulls After Blow To Head

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Tyler Hansbrough Injury: Pacers Forward Leaves Game 1 Vs. Bulls After Blow To Head

In the third quarter of Saturday's Bulls-Pacers game, Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough hit the floor after receving a blow to the head. Hansbrough subsequently left the Pacers' playoff opener.

While angling for a rebound, the Bulls' Kurt Thomas inadvertently elbowed Hansbrough in the left temple area. Hansbrough was dazed, but didn't appear to have lost consciousness.

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After passing a set of preliminary concussion tests off-court, however, Hansbrough was cleared to return to action. He's been instrumental for the Pacers on Saturday, as his 15 points have helped them build a surprising lead over the top-seed Bulls.

For updates on Saturday's Pacers-Bulls game, follow along with our StoryStream. And for further reading, be sure to check out our Bulls blog, Blog a Bull, and our Pacers blog, Indy Cornrows.

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