Sonics' Lewis hurts shoulder, but should be fine

11/9/2005 - NBA

Seattle SuperSonics: Forward Rashard Lewis
injured his left shoulder in the first two minutes of Wednesday
night's 112-85 loss to the Cavaliers when he crashed into teammate
Vitaly Potapenko.

However, Lewis is not expected to miss much time and could be
back for Friday night's game at Washington.

"When it first happened, I'm thinking, 'Oh boy, there's a month
or two,' " Seattle coach Bob Weiss said. "But we'll see how he
feels. But right now, he's thinking it's not going to be long term.
We should know tomorrow."

Lewis was retreating on defense in the foul lane trying to slow
Cavs forward LeBron James when he banged into the 6-foot-10,
285-pound Potapenko. Lewis immediately grabbed his shoulder before
being helped off the floor.

Lewis suffered a slippage of the joint in his shoulder. The
eight-year veteran partially dislocated the same shoulder in the
2002 playoffs against San Antonio.

He is averaging 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. Last season, the
26-year-old averaged 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 71 games.

San Antonio Spurs: Guards Michael Finley and Brent Barry both missed the Spurs' game against the Charlotte
Bobcats on Wednesday night with injuries.

Finley was placed on the inactive list before the game with
tightness in his groin and Barry had lower back spasms.

The Spurs also activated forward Sean Marks and signed guard
Melvin Sanders, who had been with the team in training camp.

New Jersey Nets: Coach Lawrence Frank was fined
$25,000 by the NBA for failing to leave the court in a
timely matter after Monday's loss at Miami.

Frank was also cited for verbal abuse of a game official by Stu
Jackson, the NBA's senior vice president of basketball operations.

Frank was upset that Jason Kidd was called for a foul with 5.2
seconds left, and Dwyane Wade made a free throw to give the Heat a
90-89 lead. Frank then thought Wade fouled Vince Carter at the
buzzer, and ran halfway across the court to plead his case.