Chicago's lead scorer sits in loss to Nets

Updated: March 16, 2005, 10:51 PM ET
Associated Press

Chicago bulls: Center Eddy Curry sat out Wednesday night's game against the New Jersey Nets with a left hamstring strain.

The Nets, led by Vince Carter's 30 points, routed the Bulls 100-84 at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Curry, who had started 55 of the Bulls 61 games, leads the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game.

With Curry sidelined, Antonio Davis shifted from forward to center and Othella Harrington moved into the starting lineup at forward.

The Bulls also activated center Jared Reiner and placed guard Frank Williams on the injured list.

Reiner, in uniform for Wednesday's game against the Nets, went on the injured list Feb. 16 with a left quadriceps strain. The rookie from Iowa is averaging 1.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in eight games.

Williams has a left groin strain and must miss at least five games on the injured list. He's averaging 0.7 points and 1.2 assists in nine games.

New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets on Wednesday activated center Jamaal Magloire and forward David West and placed forward Chris Andersen on the injured list.

An All-Star last season, Magloire has missed the last 51 games with a fractured right ring finger. In 11 games before the injury, he averaged 14.1 points and 9.1 rebounds.

West has been out for the last 47 games with a bruised right knee. The second-year forward played 14 games before being hurt, averaging 6.6 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Andersen will miss at least the next five games with an infected right elbow. The infection is in a laceration he originally suffered at Dallas on Feb. 28.

Andersen, who also missed Monday's game at San Antonio, has played in 60 games this season, averaging 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Memphis Grizzlies: Forward Stromile Swift -- a free agent this summer -- is "content" in Memphis but also likes the idea of bringing his pro career home to his native Louisiana.

"I haven't really given it too much thought, but it's always nice to come back home and play in your home state," Swift said shortly before Memphis took the court against the Hornets. "I don't know what the summer is going to bring. I don't really talk too much about it, but if things work out, you never know."

Swift played for Fair Park High School in Shreveport before spending two years at LSU in Baton Rouge, which is about 80 miles northwest of New Orleans. He was in uniform for the Grizzlies during warmups Wednesday but said he could not play because of a sprained left ankle.

Swift, a fifth-year pro, has averaged 10.7 points and 5.1 rebounds for Memphis this season and said he is not actively looking to leave the Grizzlies.

"I've had good times and bad times but I'm content right now," Swift said. "I'm happy where I'm at, but if things don't work out, I leave my options open."

The Hornets are not allowed to say under the NBA's tampering rules whether they intend to pursue him until after his contract expires July 1. But New Orleans will be about $19 million under the NBA salary cap, leaving them the ability to be among the higher-paying suitors of free agents this summer.

"I've heard that," Swift said smiling.

Seattle SuperSonics: The Sonics were without Danny Fortson because of a foot injury injury Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons defeated the Sonics 102-95 on Wednesday.

The reserve forward hurt his left foot Tuesday at Chicago, a game in which he fouled out in just 6 minutes. Fortson is averaging 7.9 points and 5.9 minutes for the Northwest Division-leading Sonics.

Portland Trail Blazers: Forward Darius Miles missed Wednesday night's game against Houston to be with his mother, who is having surgery in Portland this week.

Miles also missed Monday's game at Memphis and will not play Thursday at Dallas.

The fifth-year forward is averaging 12.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

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