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Thursday, May 8
Updated: May 8, 10:48 PM ET
Webber, Jackson forced to leave game with injuries

Associated Press

DALLAS -- Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber was carried to the locker room by four teammates after injuring his left leg in the third quarter against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

Chris Webber

Webber, who has been battling knee, ankle and back ailments, was carried to the locker room by four teammates late in the third quarter after he injured his left knee while going for a lob pass. He limped back to the bench on his own early in the fourth and didn't return. The exact nature of Webber's injury was uncertain. He'll undergo an MRI exam Friday.

Backup guard Bobby Jackson, winner of the NBA's Sixth Man award, fractured his right cheekbone in a fourth-quarter collision. His status for Game 3 is not yet known.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Sacramento, with Game 4 on Sunday night. Webber was leading the Kings with 31 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes.

Prior to the game, Webber said he was considering offseason surgery on his chronically injured left ankle, which has forced him to miss 30 games over the past two seasons.

"My movement is terrible. I cringe at the way I look out there,'' Webber said. "It's going to get better. I'm going to get all this fixed in the offseason.''

The All-Star forward also has been limited by sore knees and a strained back he hurt in the first-round series against Utah. He hasn't participated in a practice since that series.

Webber missed 10 games this season because of the ankle injury. He missed the first 20 games of last season after injuring the same ankle.

Webber severely sprained his ankle during each of the past three seasons. He thinks the chronic ankle injuries have contributed to his occasional back pain.

"It's really bad at night,'' he said. "Laying in bed is really hard. The pain is killing me.''

He didn't look too slowed by the injuries in the Kings' 124-113 victory over Dallas on Tuesday. Webber had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Webber already has offseason obligations that could affect if and when he has surgery.

The former Michigan star faces trial in July on charges of obstruction of justice and lying to a federal grand jury involving an investigation into now-deceased Michigan booster Ed Martin. Martin said he lent $616,000 to former Wolverines basketball players, including Webber, while they were in high school and college.


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