As if the contract hassles with Ledell Eackles and John Williams weren't enough, now the Washington Bullets must contend with injuries.
The team limped into Cincinnati last night for an exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at Riverfront Coliseum. Twelve players made the trip, and four of them have nagging injuries.
Forward Tom Hammonds and guard Darrell Walker stayed home. Hammonds has a strained tendon in his left foot and is walking in a soft cast. Walker, who did not make last weekend's trip to Newfoundland, tested his Achilles' tendons (both feet) in an intrasquad game at Mount St. Mary's College on Tuesday night. He soaked his ankles after the game, and yesterday the team announced he would not make the trip.
Forward Pervis Ellison has a sprained ankle, which he suffered in Sunday's game against Indiana and aggravated during practice Monday night. Forward Harvey Grant suffered a hip-pointer Monday night and missed Tuesday's scrimmage. Bernard King missed Sunday's game with a bad back that has limited him to one practice session each day, and Steve Colter hurt an ankle during Tuesday's scrimmage.
"I can't say that, outside of maybe Greg Foster [6-11 center, second round-pick] playing well, there's been too many positive things that have happened in training camp," said forward Mark Alarie, who had 25 points to lead the Red team, which lost to the Blue, 86-84, in Tuesday's scrimmage. "It has not been a preseason of optimism . . . It's been a real negative."
The Bullets are 0-4 this preseason. They played their best game in a 97-96 loss to Indiana Pacers Sunday after the Pacers had beat them, 124-91, Saturday.