Hill to see specialist for continuing pain

Updated: October 23, 2005, 1:08 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Orlando Magic's Grant Hill said he would travel to Philadelphia on Sunday and be evaluated Monday by an abdomen/groin specialist who has treated some of the biggest stars in pro sports, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Magic team doctor Joe Billings said Hill's magnetic resonance imaging results -- which were sent Friday for viewing by a doctor in California -- showed no obvious tear, the Sentinel said.

But Billings said there is "concern" because Hill remains in pain, requiring the trip to see Dr. William Meyers, who has treated Nomar Garciaparra, Donovan McNabb and Roy Oswalt.

"If it was a big tear, we would have seen it on the MRI, but there's concern because he's still pretty sore," Billings told the paper.

Coach Brian Hill told the Sentinel, "We want to be as cautious as possible."

Meyers also operated on Magic point guard Steve Francis to repair a hernia this summer and performed surgery on forward Pat Garrity's torn groin several years ago, the Sentinel said.

Hill sat out the Magic's 105-100 exhibition victory against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night with what the club called an abdomen strain.

He will miss Monday night's game in Memphis against the Grizzlies and likely the exhibition finale at home against the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

Hill said his pain is located around the pubis bone below the lower abdomen. The All-Star forward felt pain early in the game against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday night and called it a night after just eight minutes.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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