Cavaliers' Jones leaves game early

Updated: November 23, 2005, 12:14 AM ET
Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers: Cavaliers point guard Damon Jones sprained his left ankle in Tuesday night's win over the Boston Celtics when he banged into guard Ricky Davis in the second quarter.

Jones was moving to his left while playing defense against Davis and rolled his ankle when the two got their legs locked up. Jones went down and had to be helped off the floor and to the Cavs' locker room.

X-rays were negative and Jones said he's questionable for Thursday's game at Indiana.

"I'm not going to rush it," said Jones, who didn't score in seven minutes before getting hurt.

Jones, who signed with Cleveland as a free agent during the offseason, is averaging 9.6 points and 2.7 assists.

Seattle Sonics: Forward Danny Fortson injured his right big toe in the first half against Utah. The team said he would not return.

Fortson missed time during the preseason with a toe injury, but the Sonics did not say if this was an aggravation of the previous injury. Fortson was averaging 2.4 points in 11 minutes per game.

Fortson was scoreless Tuesday. He committed three fouls, turned the ball over three times, and was called for a lane violation that erased a made free throw in just under five minutes.

Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies waived center John Thomas on Tuesday, cutting their roster to 14 players.

Thomas signed with Memphis on Oct. 3 and averaged 1.3 points and 0.3 assists in three games. The 6-9, 265-pounder played with Minnesota last season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds.

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