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Jabari Bird taken to hospital for evaluation of possible concussion

LAS VEGAS -- Jabari Bird, who leads Cal in scoring at 14.9 points per game, missed nearly all of his team's 73-65 loss to Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals on Friday because of a possible concussion.

Bird was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for "precautionary" reasons while he was being evaluated as part of the concussion protocol, the team said.

Just 64 seconds into the game, Oregon's Jordan Bell pump-faked in the lane before Bird jumped, fell over Bell's shoulder and hit the floor.

The team's trainers helped him walk to the bench, where he grabbed his face and held a towel over his head, which was bleeding. He walked back to the locker room at T-Mobile Arena later in the half.

"I didn't know what was going on," Ivan Rabb said of Bird's injury. "We didn't really have time to really think about it. Guys stepped up and they played hard, and it is what it is."

Cal (56th in ESPN.com's BPI) was listed among Joe Lunardi's "first four out." The Golden Bears were desperate for another quality win before Selection Sunday.

"I think we're an NCAA tournament team," Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said. "Now it's for them to decide."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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