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NBA Briefs

December 9, 2001


Rice to miss 10 days because of knee injury

Houston Houston Rockets forward Glen Rice will miss up to 10 days because of an injured tendon in his left knee.

"An MRI taken (Friday) revealed swelling and changes in the tendon," team trainer Keith Jones said Saturday. "We will monitor Glen's progress over the next week to 10 days and then re-evaluate his condition at that point."

Rice left Thursday's game against Washington after playing 20 minutes because pain in the knee became intolerable. He told a Houston television station on Friday that the best-case scenario for his return was four weeks.

"If it doesn't show significant improvement I could be looking at possible surgery which could mean I would be out a large portion of the season," Rice said.

Abdur-Rahim leaves after aggravating injury

Atlanta Atlanta Hawks forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim left Saturday night's game against the Orlando Magic after aggravating his bruised tailbone.

Abdur-Rahim started, but played just seven minutes. He fell Friday night while trying for a rebound in the first quarter of the Hawks' 129-94 loss to Orlando and missed the final three quarters.

Abdur-Rahim missed one game earlier this season with a bruised knee, only the fourth game he's missed due to injury in his six-year career.

Hill may need surgery to remove bone spurs

Orlando, Fla. Grant Hill could have a third operation on his left ankle if it doesn't improve dramatically during the next week. The Orlando forward was placed on the injured list Friday and missed his fifth consecutive game.

General manager John Gabriel said the team and Hill's doctor most likely will determine by the end of next week whether there will be arthroscopic surgery for bone spurs.

"We'll let him rest it for another week, maybe longer," Gabriel told the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday. "But when he gets back out there and does some things and it still doesn't feel right, then he could have arthroscopic surgery and miss 312 weeks."

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