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Bobcats: Coach Clifford had heart surgery after falling ill

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Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford (Source: Bobcats.com) Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford (Source: Bobcats.com)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats underwent surgery after he was hospitalized on Thursday night after suffering chest pains.

According to Bobcats President of Basketball Operations, Rod Higgins, Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night after not feeling well. 

"While at dinner last night, Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford suffered chest pains. He went to the hospital and was later admitted," Higgins told WBTV.

As a precaution, he was held overnight and underwent additional tests Friday morning.

"After testing this morning, doctors concluded that a procedure was necessary to place two stents in his heart," Higgins told WBTV. "He is resting comfortably and is expected to re-join the team soon."

The Bobcats are slated to take on the New York Knicks on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

Associate Head Coach Patrick Ewing will serve as the acting head coach for Friday night's game.

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