Ankle strain shelves Gugliotta

Updated: December 16, 2004, 12:56 AM ET news services

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.