Chandler couldn't eat Thursday

Updated: January 22, 2005, 9:48 PM ET
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Chicago Bulls: Forward/center Tyson Chandler bit off a small piece of his tongue after getting hit in the chin during Wednesday's loss at Boston.

"Somebody's shoulder went into my chin, and I bit down," Chandler told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's a little piece off the edge, but I really can't eat right now."

Chandler said it was too painful to eat Thursday, though he was hopeful the pain would subside by Friday.

Chandler didn't need any stitches. He was asked if he was aware right away he had sliced off a piece of his tongue.

"Yeah, I felt it when it came to the front," he said. "It wasn't a great experience."

Denver Nuggets: Forward Carmelo Anthony was scratched from Friday night's game against Memphis with a sprained right ankle.

Anthony hurt the ankle Tuesday night in a win at Seattle. Friday's game is the seventh he has missed this season because of injuries.

Anthony worked out and went through rehab when the team returned to Denver, but Nuggets coach Michael Cooper decided it would be better to rest him another night and get him ready for the team's upcoming five-game road trip, beginning Sunday at Dallas.

San Antonio Spurs: Center Rasho Nesterovic left Friday night's game against the Phoenix Suns with a sprained left ankle in the second quarter.

Nesterovic made a short hook shot and came down on the foot of Suns forward Shawn Marion with 9:20 left in the first half. Nesterovic fell to the floor in pain and was helped from the court, unable to put any weight on the ankle.

X-rays were negative, but Nesterovic was out for the game. The Spurs said he will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

Boston Celtics: The Celtics activated guard Delonte West and placed forward Tom Gugliotta on the injured list with a mild right ankle sprain.

West, the 24th selection in the 2004 draft, was placed on the injured list on Dec. 1 with a broken bone in his right hand.

The 6-foot-4 West averaged 3.5 points and two assists in two games this season. He also missed the first 10 games of the season while on the injured list with a right thumb fracture.

Gugliotta, a 6-foot-10 veteran, averaged 1.2 points and two rebounds in 10 games this season.

Golden State Warriors: The Warriors activated forward Eduardo Najera from the injured list.

In a related move, the team placed forward Zarko Cabarkapa, who was acquired from the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 3, on the injured with left knee tendinitis.

Najera was placed on the injured the day Cabarkapa came aboard with left knee soreness. He had arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 7 and had missed nine games with the injury.

Playing in his first season with the Warriors after four with the Dallas Mavericks, Najera is averaging 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 27 games.

Memphis Grizzlies: Don Poier, the longtime voice of the Grizzlies, died suddenly Friday, hours before the team was to play the Denver Nuggets. He was 53.

A team spokeswoman said the cause of death was not known. His body was found in a hotel room, station KDVR-TV reported.

Poier was the voice of the Grizzlies since their inception in 1995, when they played in Vancouver.

"It is just a devastating thing for the franchise, because he's one of the original people," coach Mike Fratello said.

He moved with the team to Memphis in 2001. He served as the radio play-by-play announcer the last three seasons and moved to the TV side this season.

Before working with the Grizzlies, Poier spent more than 20 years as an announcer on Pac-10 Conference football and basketball games.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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