Sonic boon: No serious damage to All-Star
SEATTLE -- Tests on All-Star forward Rashard Lewis' right foot showed no serious structural or ligament damage, merely confirming a deep bone bruise that was diagnosed last week.
Seattle SuperSonics general manager Rick Sund said Tuesday it's still not certain when Lewis can rejoin the team, but the 6-foot-10 swingman is expected to be available for the NBA playoffs.
"Everything's cool," Sund said. "Rashard will sit out a few more days to heal, then we'll re-evaluate it this weekend. We'll know more after that."
Lewis stayed in Seattle during the team's road trip to Golden State and Sacramento. An MRI last week disclosed a bone bruise and a bruise to the tendon. A bone scan on Saturday showed there was no break.
Also, a CT scan Monday showed no serious injury.
Lewis, named to his first All-Star team this season, was averaging 20.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. He was hurt in a March 27 loss to Washington, when coach Nate McMillan said he "jammed it on the floor."
He continued to practice until the injury became too painful.
Lewis can play when the pain subsides, though the Sonics likely will be conservative about his return. They appear headed for a homecourt matchup in the first round as the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Damien Wilkins, a rookie, has started in place of Lewis the last two games and scored in double figures in three of his last four games.
Seattle's reserve forward, Vladimir Radmanovic, has missed the last 10 games with a stress fracture in his right leg. Sund expects to know more about his status within two weeks.
The Sonics, who went into Tuesday's contest at Sacramento within one game of securing the Northwest Division title, are 2-2 without Lewis and Radmanovic in the lineup.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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