Adams may rejoin Bullets on Friday

November 27, 1991|By Alan Goldstein

The Washington Bullets got better news yesterday on Michael Adams, the team scoring leader and playmaker who injured his left hand Monday night against the Boston Celtics in Hartford, Conn.

An examination by team doctor Richard Grossman revealed that Adams had not broken any bones in his non-shooting hand, but had dislocated the middle finger. However, he was experiencing considerable swelling in the hand, and his prognosis for returning to action was listed as day-to-day.

Adams was hurt in a second-quarter collision with Celtics star Larry Bird.

"It's conceivable that he could play on our coming West Coast trip," said team publicist Matt Williams, citing the Bullets' four-game swing against the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz.

Adams will benefit by having three days off before the Bullets play again. If his finger responds to ice treatment and therapy, he could be in uniform against the Clippers on Friday night.

The veteran point guard, who ranks among the NBA leaders in scoring (24.7) and assists (8.3), showed his resilience only last week, missing but one game after straining his right wrist and lower back.

One of the few positive developments of Monday's 121-108 loss to the Celtics was the play of Adams' back-up, Andre Turner, who has struggled since signing as a free agent the day before the season opener.

Against the Celtics, Turner had a season-high 10 points and 8 assists in 27 minutes.

Center Pervis Ellison also continued his impressive early-season work, contributing 30 points and 18 rebounds.

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