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Shoulder, flu also bother NBA's leading scorer

1/8/2005

Philadelphia 76ers: Allen Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, did not play in the Philadelphia 76ers' game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night due to a sprained right ankle.

Iverson injured the ankle Wednesday night at Utah in the first
quarter but played the rest of the game. Coach Jim O'Brien said
Iverson's ankle had swollen.

Iverson, averaging 29 points a game, also been bothered by the
flu and a bruised left shoulder. Willie Green started in his place
at point guard, with John Salmons starting at shooting guard.

O'Brien said Iverson would probably play Monday against
Portland, when the Sixers return home following an eight-game road
trip. Iverson missed one game earlier this season, Nov. 21 against
Miami.

The Sixers haven't played at home since Dec. 20. They have gone
5-2 on the first seven games of their trip, with Iverson averaging
31 points per game.

Sacramento Kings: The Kings placed point guard Bobby Jackson on the injured list and claimed guard
Eddie House off waivers from Milwaukee.

Jackson is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after
undergoing surgery Monday to stabilize a torn ligament in his left
wrist. Two pins were placed in Jackson's bone to stabilize the
ligament.

House, who spent 2½ weeks with the Bucks before being released
Wednesday, began the season with the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.
He spent his first three NBA seasons with Miami before playing for
the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

House is the brother-in-law of Kings point guard Mike Bibby.
House married Bibby's sister, Charlsie, four years ago.

Jackson, the Kings' top reserve and the NBA's best sixth man in
2002-03, averaged 12.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23
games this season -- but this is his third straight campaign with a
major injury.

He missed 21 games with a broken left hand during the 2002-03
season, then missed 28 of the Kings' final 29 regular-season games
and the playoffs last season because of a strained abdominal
muscle.

Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers placed forwards
Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Darius Miles on the injured list and
activated rookie center Ha Seung-Jin.

Abdur-Rahim, who has missed seven games with loose particles in
his right elbow, will have surgery Wednesday that could sideline
him for five weeks.

Miles injured his left knee in the Blazers' Wednesday loss to
the Los Angeles Clippers. He is expected to be sidelined for up to
two weeks.

Both Abdur-Rahim and Miles have started at small forward for the
Blazers. Ruben Patterson got the nod Friday night, scoring 27
points on 12-of-14 shooting in Portland's 103-92 loss to the Miami
Heat.

"People forget I was a scorer in college," said Patterson. "I
can score in this league. I'm just trying to step up."

Abdur-Rahim had seen two doctors about the elbow problem and had
planned to get a third opinion, but decided Friday to go ahead with
surgery.

"It's been bothering me for a month," he said. "It wasn't
going to do any good to continue on with it. My thing is get it
dealt with."

Ha, a 7-foot-3, 305-pound center, made his debut against the
Heat, becoming the first South Korean to play in the NBA. A
second-round pick in last year's draft, he played the final minute
of the game and didn't record a stat.

The Blazers signed him on Dec. 26 and placed him on the injured
list with lower back pain a day later.

Abdur-Rahim is averaging 15.7 points and eight rebounds in 23
games. An eight-year veteran, he had never before missed more than
one game in a row. Miles, his backup, averages 12.6 points and 5.1
rebounds.

Abdur-Rahim said he decided to have surgery instead of
attempting to play through the pain until Miles got healthy.

"I don't feel good about it," he said. "But a lot of things
happen that you can't control."

Players' union, league step up

NEW YORK -- The NBA players' union has decided to donate
$500,000 to help victims of last month's Indian Ocean tsunami, and
the NBA will match the gift, a league spokesman said Friday.

The donations are to be made to UNICEF, NBA spokesman Brian
Flinn said.

Several NBA players decided to donate $1,000 for every point
they scored or assist they recorded in games played earlier this
week, and many teams are donating money and collecting funds from
fans.