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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Charlotte Hornets forward Jamal Mashburn missed Tuesday night's playoff game against the Orlando Magic with a virus.

Mashburn has been ill since Saturday, when he vomited during the first quarter of Game 1. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and held overnight.

He returned to the hospital Tuesday to receive an IV and team spokesman Harold Kaufman expected him to be released later in the evening.

``He came to shootaround but he didn't come out on the court,'' Hornets coach Paul Silas said. ``I don't think he's holding himself out, he wants to play in the worst way.

``But he's got this virus, I don't know why he can't shake it. He's had all his blood work done and nothing has come up. We'll just hope he'll be better by (Game 3) Saturday.''

Mashburn, Charlotte's leading scorer at 21.5 points a game, was at practice Monday but was limited to stretching and light shooting. He left before the team began scrimmaging and was still feeling ill before Tuesday's game.

Mashburn played 10 minutes in Game 1 of the best-of-five series, but missed all six of his shots. The Hornets still won, 80-79.