Center uncertain for Kings-Celtics on Tuesday

Updated: February 16, 2004, 12:52 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller injured his right ankle late in the third quarter of Sunday night's All-Star game.

Miller had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and three rebounds in the game. The injury initially was described as a sprain, but X-rays were inconclusive.

The two-time All-Star will be re-evaluated in Sacramento on Monday.

Miller went down hard under the East basket shortly before time expired in the quarter. He got up slowly and walked to the bench unaided, but left the court later.

"He looked like he was in pain," said Peja Stojakovic, his Sacramento teammate. "I hope it's not that bad. I feel really bad for him. Hopefully he'll be ready soon. Let's hope it's nothing serious."

Miller is averaging 15.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 blocks for the Kings this season -- all career highs. He was selected for his second straight All-Star game, his first since joining the Kings in an offseason trade.

Sacramento, leading the Los Angeles Lakers by six games in the Pacific Division, hosts the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

If Miller is out for an extended period, the Kings' NBA-best 37-13 record could suffer. Miller has been an enormous success in his first season in Sacramento, seamlessly fitting into the Kings' passing offense.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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