Bullets' Ellison has swollen knee drained of fluid

December 14, 1991|By Alan Goldstein

Washington Bullets center Pervis Ellison, who has missed four of the past five games with a bruised quadriceps muscle above his right knee, flew to Kentucky yesterday morning to seek a second medical opinion from the University of Louisville team doctor.

An examination by Dr. Rudy Ellis uncovered a slight swelling in the knee, which was drained of fluid. Ellison returned to Washington last night. He will test the knee in a pre-game workout tonight and decide if he is fit to play.

Ellison, who earned All-America honors at Louisville, was concerned that his knee has not responded to treatment, since first injuring it in a collision with forward Jerome Kersey in Portland on Dec. 1.

He sat out the next three games before he returned to action in Cleveland on Dec. 7, scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. But the knee stiffened again, and Ellison was sidelined for Thursday night's game against Milwaukee.

The third-year pro had been enjoying his finest season, averaging 19.6 points and 12.2 rebounds, sixth best in the NBA. But Ellison, a slender 6 feet 10, 225 pounds, has had a history of leg problems.

He played only 34 games his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings, who made him the first player selected in the 1989 draft. Preseason surgery was required to remove bone spurs on his ankle and foot.

The Kings traded him to the Bullets last season. He averaged 10.4 points and 7.7 rebounds, but 15.3 and 9.4 as a starter.

Harvey Grant, who missed Thursday's game with a a stiff upper back, did not practice yesterday. Coach Wes Unseld could take a longer look at reserve center Ralph Sampson, who turned in his best effort against the Bucks, contributing six points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Bullets tonight

Opponent: Chicago Bulls

Site: Capital Centre, Landover, 7:35

TV: HTS

Radio: WTOP (1500 AM)

Tickets: The game is sold out

Outlook: The Bullets, looking to stop a 6-game losing streak, have again listed C Pervis Ellison (knee) and F Harvey Grant (back) as questionable. Both sat out Thursday night's 109- 97 loss to Milwaukee, Washington's seventh loss in 9 home games. G Michael Adams, playing with a dislocated finger on his left hand, has seen his scoring average slip to 23.2. For the defending NBA champion Bulls, Michael Jordan leads the league with 29.6 ppg., and F Scottie Pippen is averaging 20.7.points and 6.8 assists. F Horace Grant is averaging 9.2 rebounds. Chicago has scored more than 100 points in all of its games, outscoring rivals by nearly 12 points a game. Before the Bullets-Bulls game, St. Mary's and Catholic University will play in a men's college game at 5 p.m.

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