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NBA Roundup

Brand's knee OK; Wizards' Richmond to miss four weeks

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Posted: Monday December 04, 2000 7:42 PM
Updated: Monday December 04, 2000 9:58 PM

  Elton Brand With his knee in fine fashion, Elton Brand will continue to pump out double-doubles. AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- There is no ligament damage to Chicago Bulls forward Elton Brand's injured left knee, tests done Monday confirmed.

Brand hyperextended his left knee late in the fourth quarter of Friday night's game against the New York Knicks, landing awkwardly after going up for a rebound. He stayed in the game, eventually fouling out with 26 points and seven rebounds.

Though Brand didn't think there was serious damage, his knee was still swollen and sore Sunday, and he had to skip practice.

"It hurts, and there's not a lot of movement in it," he said. "It's hard to bend."

Though Brand is listed as day-to-day, he said he hopes to play Tuesday when the Bulls travel to Minnesota.

Brand, the co-Rookie of the Year last season, missed only one game last year. He leads the Bulls with 18.3 points and 10.6 rebounds.

Wizards' Richmond out four weeks with knee injury

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Wizards guard Mitch Richmond will be sidelined about a month with a partially torn knee ligament.

Richmond injured the knee in the second half of Saturday's loss to the Miami Heat. The Wizards announced the diagnosis and placed the 12-year veteran on the injured list Monday.

Richmond is averaging 15.5 points, 2.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 17 games this season.

His absence will only hasten a youth movement for the struggling Wizards. Second-year guard Richard Hamilton probably will start in Richmond's spot.

The Wizards also activated guard Laron Profit, who was placed on the injured list at the start of the season because of back spasms.

Utah's Marshall sprains knee

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Jazz reserve forward Donyell Marshall has sprained a ligament in his left knee and is likely to skip Tuesday's game against Toronto.

Marshall's status for the remaining four games of a five-game homestand is uncertain. The Jazz had no immediate plans to put Marshall on the injured list, which requires a mandatory minimum stay of five games.

Marshall, a key sub in the regular rotation of Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, was hurt on a non-contact play while defending Jamal Mashburn in the third quarter of Utah's 94-89 loss at Charlotte on Saturday night.

Mason trial date reset for Jan. 3

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Mason's trial on charges stemming from a French Quarter fight in July has been delayed until Jan. 3.

The Miami Heat forward has been scheduled to on trial Monday in Municipal Court on charges of public drunkenness, battery of a police officer, resisting arrest and inciting a riot on July 3 on Bourbon Street.

Defense lawyer Margaret Alverson said Friday that she expected city prosecutors to dismiss the charges, each of which carry up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Alverson said prosecutors did not have a case.

According to police accounts, officers were trying to separate two groups of men arguing over women when Mason hit one officer and began rallying the crowd. Police said the officer who had been hit tried to subdue Mason with pepper spray and that when other officers arrived, some in the crowd threw bottles and shouted racial slurs at police.

Mason has said he was a victim of the circumstances, while his lawyer said police overreacted. Alverson could not be reached for comment Monday.

Mason, 33, was in New Orleans with friends to attend the Essence Music Festival.

Sabonis' wife faces second drunken driving charge

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The wife of Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis has been charged a second time with drunken driving, violating her court agreement to avoid alcohol, officials said Monday.

Ingrida Sabonis, who turned 30 last Tuesday, was arrested near her home on Sunday after the Washington County sheriff's office received a cell phone call about an erratic driver.

Her blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.26 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, said sheriff's spokesman Cleo Howell.

"What happens is, the first charge now goes back to court, and the judge will reconsider that one," Howell said. "But the district attorney probably will combine the two charges, and it's going to be a serious charge for her this time."

Ingrida Sabonis had been cited May 16 for drunken driving, the week after her husband's Lithuanian parents had come to watch him play an NBA game for the first time. She was driving to pick up the couple's four children when police received calls about an erratic driver.

Her blood-alcohol level in the first arrest was measured at 0.23 percent.

Ingrida Sabonis is a former model and actress who was once named Miss Vilnius of Lithuania.

Trail Blazers officials did not immediately return calls.

Portland is coming off an 84-79 loss to Phoenix as the Blazers prepare for a visit from the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

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