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NBA notebook: Spurs’ Tony Parker out for six weeks

Oklahoman Modified: March 9, 2010 at 4:46 am •  Published: March 9, 2010
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Spurs’ Parker out for six weeks
Spurs guard Tony Parker will miss about six weeks with a broken right hand.

The team said Monday that Parker won’t need surgery, meaning he may be able to return later this season. Tests show he fractured the fourth metacarpal in his shooting hand Saturday during a victory at Memphis.

Parker was averaging 16.5 points per game, but has been hobbled all season by a slew of injuries. Now the Spurs will be without their second-leading scorer until at least the playoffs.

Alston misses practice again
The Miami Heat practiced again Monday without suspended point guard Rafer Alston, whose tenure with the club appears to be over.

Alston’s suspension was announced late Saturday night after Miami beat Atlanta. After leaving the arena Thursday when the Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers, a game in which Alston did not play, his lone communication with the team has been by text message.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it’s "unfortunate that it came to this.” Alston has not returned requests for comment.

Karl to miss game
Nuggets coach George Karl will miss Wednesday night’s game at Minnesota as he undergoes another round of cancer treatment.

Karl, who has neck and throat cancer, was scheduled for a surgical procedure Monday to have a feeding tube inserted into his stomach. He will also go through another chemotherapy session today.

Karl was diagnosed last month with cancer and is undergoing a rigorous six-week treatment program of radiation and chemotherapy.

He hopes to be back on the sideline Friday night when the Nuggets travel to New Orleans.

McGrady sits out
Tracy McGrady sat out the Knicks’ game against Atlanta because of soreness.

Spurs’ Parker out for six weeks

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