Magic lose biggest 3-point threat

Updated: March 22, 2005, 10:30 PM ET
Associated Press

Orlando Magic: Swingman Hedo Turkoglu will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left wrist, the team said after an examination by team doctors Tuesday.

Turkoglu was driving to the basket when he got tangled and went down late in Monday's game at Charlotte. Recovery time is estimated to be six to eight weeks.

The 6-foot-10 Turkoglu was averaging 14 points and 3.5 rebounds in 67 games this season. The injury robs the Magic of their top 3-point shooter (.380).

The injury will likely mean more playing time for Pat Garrity, the team's other main 3-point threat. Garrity is averaging just 4.5 points.

Turkoglu signed as a free agent in the offseason after three years with Sacramento and one with San Antonio.

Seattle SuperSonics: Ray Allen was out of the Seattle lineup against Milwaukee with a sprained right ankle Tuesday night.

Allen, a five-time All-Star injured Sunday night against the Lakers, was replaced at shooting guard by Ronald Murray. Allen, who missed his third game, is the SuperSonics' leading scorer, averaging 23.7 points.

Anthony Goldwire started in place of Williams, who was hurt Sunday night at Denver.

Bucks starting point guard Maurice Williams also missed the Tuesday's game with a bruised left knee.

Both players are day-to-day.

Miami Heat: Forward Udonis Haslem sat out Tuesday night's game against the Houston Rockets because of a slightly separated left shoulder.

Haslem was hurt during Friday's game against the New York Knicks, when he scored just three points but had 16 rebounds. He was scratched from the Houston game just a few hours before tipoff.

"We didn't want to take the chance to aggravate the injury," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said. "If it was just the pain, we felt that Udonis could have gone."

Haslem, averaging 10.9 points and 9.2 rebounds, had played in every game this season before Tuesday.

"The pain is pretty much not an issue," Haslem said. "I can play through the pain. Coach [Stan] Van Gundy just thinks its best that I sit out a game."

Haslem's absence means the Heat will be without their top two power forwards against the Rockets. Miami placed forward Christian Laettner on the injured list with a right foot injury and activated center Wang Zhi-Zhi earlier in the day.

Michael Doleac took Haslem's place in the lineup, making his fifth start of the season.

Denver Nuggets: It was throwback night for the Nuggets and even coach George Karl got into the act.

The Nuggets came out in the dark blue uniforms from the 1975-76 season -- their last in the ABA -- against Washington on Tuesday night to celebrate the early years of basketball in Denver. Karl wasn't far behind wearing the same jersey as his players, complete with pick-ax and golden nugget on the front, only he didn't quite pull off the same look.

Karl had the appearance of a weekend warrior rather than an NBA coach, his No. 22 jersey with "Karl" on the back over a white, long-sleeved shirt. He also had on blue sweats instead of shorts to complete the ensemble.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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