Watch runaway Pelicans player wipe out Atlanta Hawks coach

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Mike Budenholzer is helped to the locker room by Darvin Ham.

John Bazemore

The New Orleans Pelicans already were without their coach, and then the Atlanta Hawks lost theirs when this happened Tuesday night:

That's Langston Galloway taking down Mike Budenholzer, who already had his right hand in a brace and his arm in a sling after suffering a broken finger that required surgery on Monday. He had to be helped to the locker room and did not return to the game, though the team announced he was OK.

Before leaving the floor, the expression of pain on Budenholzer's face became more intense when it was announced the Hawks were called for a delay of game on the play because he touched the ball while unable to avoid Galloway.

Hawks guard Kyle Korver had to laugh at Budenholzer's predicament.

"Man, Bud is having a tough week," Korver told reporters. "He saw it coming and then he got delay of game because he hit the ball before it came out. Oh man. Sorry, Bud. It was amazing he was even here after having surgery yesterday and he was on some meds, obviously."

Assistant Darvin Ham took over for Budenholzer while New Orleans assistant coach Darren Erman filled in for Alvin Gentry, who had "stomach discomfort," according to the team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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