MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The NBA's best sixth man may be headed to the
The Chicago Bulls lost guard Chris Duhon to a neck injury in
Wednesday night's 100-92 exhibition loss to the Minnesota
Duhon was carried off the floor on a stretcher after being
fouled by Eddie Griffin on a drive to the basket late in the first
period. Team officials said Duhon was conscious, had movement in
his extremities and complained of a sore neck.
He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center to be checked for
a concussion. Preliminary tests showed nothing serious, but he was
kept overnight for observation.
"He was in some sort of pain, but he was responsive," Bulls
coach Scott Skiles said.
Duhon's injury means Ben Gordon, last year's sixth man of the
year, could be headed to the starting lineup. Gordon was scoreless
and missed all seven shots, but had 10 assists.
"It's all up to coach," Gordon said. "Whatever happens with
the team, I'll be ready to step up and do something positive."
The Timberwolves, who were led by Wally Szczerbiak's 19 points,
have their own injury problems. Former MVP Kevin Garnett missed the
game with a sprained left ankle, but coach Dwane Casey said that
was just for precautionary measures.
Michael Olowokandi hit his first three shots of the game to get
the Wolves off to a quick start and finished with 13 points and
Szczerbiak has missed some time with a foot injury, but he
looked just fine on Wednesday.
"They've been smart with this injury and it just paid off,"
Szczerbiak said. "We're getting coach Casey's message. We're
Griffin added 13 points and rookie Rashad McCants had 15 for the
Timberwolves, who shot 51 percent. Anthony Carter also played well,
with nine points, seven assists and five steals.
Michael Sweetney, acquired from New York in a trade earlier this
month, continued a strong preseason with 18 points and 10 rebounds
and Luol Deng added 18 and eight rebounds for Chicago.
The Bulls had two buzzer-beaters at the end of the first
and second quarters. Sweetney hit a mid-range jumper at the end of
the first and Eric Piatkowski drilled a 29-footer just before
halftime. ... Bulls F Tim Thomas played for the first time in five
games despite being listed as questionable with a sprained left
ankle. He had six points on 3-of-11 shooting.