MRI confirms mild sprain to left knee

Updated: February 25, 2005, 12:59 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Heat All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal has a mildly sprained left knee and might play Saturday against the Magic.

Broken-down Diesel (20 or more games)
Dates Injury Games Missed Team W-L
Nov. 23-Dec. 30, 1997 Abdominal Strain 20 13-7
Feb. 13-Apr. 9, 1997 Hyperextended left knee 28 16-12
Nov. 3-Dec. 13, 1995 Broken right thumb 22 12-10

An MRI exam confirmed a very mild sprain, the team said Thursday. O'Neal didn't comment to reporters waiting outside the hospital, and is listed as day to day.

O'Neal was injured in the first two minutes of Tuesday's game in Chicago. He leaped to catch an alley-oop pass from Dwyane Wade and landed awkwardly atop Bulls forward Othella Harrington, then stayed on the court for several minutes, clearly in pain.

He didn't return to the game, and missed Wednesday's contest at Indiana. Miami, which leads the Eastern Conference with a 40-16 record, lost both games in overtime. The team did not practice Thursday.

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