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Bobcats assistant Patrick Ewing will coach team vs. Knicks

Patrick Ewing is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Bobcats. (Bob Levey/Getty Images) Patrick Ewing is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Charlotte Bobcats assistant head coach Patrick Ewing will coach the team tonight against the New York Knicks while head coach Steve Clifford recovers from having two stents placed in his heart, the team announced.

Clifford, 52, was admitted to the hospital late on Thursday night because he was not feeling well after suffering chest pains.

The team says that Clifford went in for tests on Friday morning and that doctors concluded that a procedure was necessary to place the two stents in his heart.

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Clifford remains in the hospital and is expected to re-join the team soon. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Clifford will return on Monday when the Bobcats play the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bobcats are off to a 3-2 start this season.

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