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Bad dream

Olajuwon out at least three weeks with groin pull

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Posted: Monday November 29, 1999 10:16 PM


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Houston Rockets All-Star center Hakeem Olajuwon was placed on the injured list Monday and will miss at least three weeks with a groin strain.

Olajuwon, the Rockets' career scoring leader, was injured in the third quarter of Friday's 91-88 overtime loss in Portland. Sent home to Houston on Saturday suffering extreme pain, Olajuwon underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed no tear, but found that the injury is severe enough to keep him out of action for three to four weeks.

The 16-year veteran is averaging 14.8 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Rockets, who entered the night with a 3-11 record, their worst start in 17 seasons. On Nov. 20, Olajuwon became the first NBA player to record 2,000 blocks and 2,000 steals.

The Rockets, also without backup center Tony Massenburg (groin pull), dressed 10 players Monday night against the Vancouver Grizzlies.

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