Knee injury to sideline Mavs' Mbenga for season

Updated: February 8, 2007, 5:19 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks center DJ Mbenga will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the team said Thursday.

Mbenga's injury came in the fourth quarter Wednesday against Memphis and the early diagnosis was a strained knee. An MRI on Thursday revealed the ligament tear. He is scheduled for surgery in two weeks, and there is no timetable for his return.

Mbenga played in 21 games this season, averaging nearly four minutes, 0.8 points and 0.5 rebounds.

The Mavericks on Thursday also recalled forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu from the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA D-League. Mensah-Bonsu is averaging 15.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 19 games for the Flyers.

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