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DeSagana Diop out for season

Updated: January 3, 2011, 6:23 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just as DeSagana Diop started to get increased playing time under new coach Paul Silas, the center has been lost for the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

Tests revealed the injury on Monday, three days after Diop was sidelined in the second quarter of a loss to Golden State.

Diop had been stuck on the bench under Larry Brown for much of the past two seasons. But the 7-footer played 23 minutes and blocked three shots in Silas' debut against Detroit ...

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