Bulls center Wallace sits out game against Clippers

Updated: February 1, 2007, 1:10 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Center Ben Wallace sat out Chicago's 110-98 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night because of a bruised tendon in his left knee, but doesn't figure to be sidelined for very long.

Ben Wallace

"He's better. He's truly day-to-day," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said before the opener of a seven-game road trip. "Hopefully this weekend. If not Friday, Saturday."

The Bulls play at Seattle on Friday night and at Portland on Saturday night.

Wallace was helped off the floor midway through the fourth quarter of Chicago's 100-97 victory over Miami last Saturday night after Heat forward Udonis Haslem's head hit his knee. An MRI on Sunday revealed no structural damage.

Wallace, averaging 6.5 points and 10.1 rebounds in his first season with the Bulls, rode a stationary bike during Wednesday's shootaround, and shot free throws and jumpers before the game.

The 32-year-old Wallace, a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year who played six years with the Detroit Pistons before signing as a free agent with the Bulls, has missed three games this season and 26 during the last 7 seasons.

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