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Spurs' Blair to play after being in one-car accident

By Tim Price, for
Posted Apr 29 2010 7:40PM

SAN ANTONIO -- DeJuan Blair is expected to play for the Spurs tonight in Game 6 after he was involved in a one-car accident while driving to the game at AT&T Center.

Blair, who drives a Chevrolet Camaro, said an object flew into one of his open windows while he was driving on Interstate 10 about 20 miles away from the arena. He lost control of the car and swiped a highway barrier before he drove into a ditch.

"Luckily, there were no other cars around," Blair, a 21-year-old rookie, told reporters in the locker room upon his arrival. "I'm blessed."

Because the airbags deployed, Blair could not drive the car and was picked up by Spurs assistant coach Chip Engelland. Blair was examined by the team's medical staff and cleared to play.

It's the second time this series that a rookie on one of the teams has been involved in a car accident. The Mavericks' Rodrigue Beaubois was uninjured in an accident Wednesday while driving to catch the team plane before its flight to San Antonio.

Blair has played in each of the five games against Dallas but is averaging less than 10 minutes a game. Still, he leads San Antonio with 14 offensive rebounds. He's averaging 4.2 points in the series.

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