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Ankle strain shelves Gugliotta

12/16/2004

Boston Celtics: The Celtics placed veteran forward Tom Gugliotta
on the injured list Wednesday and activated second-round draft pick
Justin Reed.

Gugliotta, averaging 1.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes
per game, has a mild right ankle strain, the team said.

Reed, a 6-foot-8 forward, went on the injured list with a hip
pointer Nov. 26. The 40th pick in this year's draft, Reed has
played just 2 minutes in two appearances this season.

Memphis Grizzlies: Point guard Jason Williams was activated before Wednesday night's game against the
Chicago Bulls and they placed rookie Antonio Burks on the injured
list.

Williams missed six games because of a sprained right ankle. In
16 games, he is averaging 9.3 points, 5.6 assists and 1.3 steals,
the latter two team-highs.

Burks, in his first year out of Memphis, broke his right pinkie
in Monday's 92-86 loss to Cleveland, and had surgery Wednesday. He
is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Burks was averaging 4.6 points and
2.4 assists in five games.

Forward Shane Battier did not dress against the Bulls after
spraining his right ankle against Cleveland. Battier's status is
day-to-day.

Houston Rockets: Point guard Tyronn Lue was activated before Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks and Reece Gaines was placed on the injured list by the Rockets.

Lue missed five games because of a sore knee. In 16 games, Lue
is averaging 6.4 points and 3.3 assists.

Gaines returns to the injured list for the second time this
season. He missed the first 17 games with plantar fasciitis in his
left foot. He is averaging three points and 1.4 rebounds in five
games.

The Rockets easily defeated the Hawks 92-69.

Former NBA prospect injured in car accident
Lenny Cooke, the one-time can't-miss NBA prospect from Brooklyn who faded out of sight after he was passed over in the 2002 draft, was seriously injured last week in a car accident in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Cooke, who signed with the Long Beach Jam of the ABA in November, suffered a broken left shin and femur Thursday morning after teammate Nick Sheppard lost control of his vehicle and hit a light post. Sheppard, who was wearing a seat belt, escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

Doctors initially feared Cooke would lose his leg, but they became much more optimistic about Cooke's prognosis after the operations. Cooke and Sheppard went out for dinner after a game, and police say slick road conditions caused the crash and say the accident was not alcohol-related.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.