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Catch the Falling Stars
Edited by Jack McCallum and Hank Hersch
December 29, 1997
The sight of an NBA star writhing in pain was all too familiar. New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing dislocated his right wrist last Saturday night when he fell attempting a dunk in Milwaukee and will miss the rest of the season. Ewing becomes the latest in a series of top-notch players to be sidelined by injuries. Here are two All-Star rosters of the missing in action.
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December 29, 1997

Catch The Falling Stars

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John Stockton, G, Utah Jazz
GAMES MISSED: 18 (left knee surgery).
RETURNED: Dec. 8.
SKINNY: Mailman back to his routes with return of alltime assists leader.

Loy Vaught. F, Los Angeles Clippers
GAMES MISSED: 22 (back spasms).
PROJECTED RETURN: next season.
SKINNY: With or without him, they're still the Clippers.

Eric Williams, F, Denver Nuggets
GAMES MISSED: 20 (torn right ACL).
PROJECTED RETURN: next season.
SKINNY: With or without him, they're still the Nuggets.

Hakeem Olajuwon. C, Houston Rockets
GAMES MISSED: 11 (left knee surgery).
PROJECTED RETURN: February.
SKINNY: Presence of other vets hasn't turned Dream's absence into nightmare.

Shaquille O'Neal, C, Los Angeles Lakers
GAMES MISSED: 16 (abdominal strain).
PROJECTED RETURN: This week.
SKINNY: Lakers, 8-0 with Shaq, will be on title traq when he's baq.

*All stats through Sunday's games.

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