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Nets forward Mirza Teletovic out for season with multiple blood clots in the lungs

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BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 9: Mirza Teletovic #33 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on January 9, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Mirza Teletovic left last night’s Nets-Clippers game in the second quarter and went to the hospital after experiencing shortness of breath.

He later tweeted:

Unfortunately, the medical results aren’t as cheery.

Nets release:

Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic was taken to a local Los Angeles hospital after experiencing shortness of breath during last night’s game versus the Clippers. Following a series of tests including a CT scan, Teletovic was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus (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.

The Nets, who are slipping from playoff position, will miss Teletovic, a stretch four who was averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, on the court.

But that’s secondary to Teletovic’s long-term health. This is a scary-sounding diagnosis, one that makes you wonder whether the 29-year-old’s career is over.

Hopefully, Teletovic makes a full recovery and plays again.