Bullets lose Adams for three weeks

March 11, 1994|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer

The Washington Bullets finally seemed to be getting healthy again last week, getting Rex Chapman and Kenny Walker back from stints on the injured list. But yesterday, there was more bad news.

Michael Adams was found to have a partially separated left shoulder, forcing the Bullets' point guard on the injured list. He might miss as many as three weeks.

Less than five minutes into Wednesday's game Adams went down after colliding with Phoenix Suns forward Cedric Ceballos. After the 142-106 loss -- Washington's worst defeat of the season -- Adams left USAir Arena with his left arm in a sling. The tests yesterday provided the bad news for the Bullets and Adams, who had missed just one game this season.

It was not the only injury of the night for the Bullets. Chapman and Doug Overton, who replaced Adams, also were hurt -- Chapman suffering a hyper-extended right knee and Overton a strained right hamstring. Both are listed as day-to-day. Walker, who went on the injury list with a fractured cheek last month, was cut near his right eye in the first half but returned after receiving three stitches.

"This organization in the last several years has had an inordinate number of injuries," Bullets general manager John Nash said. "I've never been around a team that has had injuries to so many different players."

The Bullets will see how Overton's hamstring injury is before signing a replacement for Adams.

"We'll wait and see how Doug Overton is and then we'll add a player, and he may not be a point guard," Nash said. "Doug and Brent [Price] are probably as good as any point guard we can find at this stage."

The injury situation could create playing opportunities for Andrew Gaze, who signed a 10-day contract yesterday and practiced with the team. He'll become the 19th player in uniform this season for the Bullets, who have used more players than any team in the league.

BULLETS TONIGHT

Opponent: Denver Nuggets

Site: USAir Arena, Landover

Time: 7:30

TV: HTS

Radio: WXZL (103.1 FM), WTEM (570 AM)

Outlook: This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Denver is in fourth place in the Midwest Division and would be a playoff team if the season ended today. But the Nuggets have lost two straight to fall below .500 (29-30). For the Nuggets, former Dunbar star Reggie Williams is averaging 13.3 ppg and former Georgetown star Dikembe Mutombo averages 11.3 ppg, 12.0 rebounds (fourth in the NBA) and a league-leading 3.8 blocks. The Bullets lost to the Phoenix Suns, 142-106, on Wednesday. G Rex Chapman hyper-extended his right knee and G Doug Overton suffered a strained right hamstring and both are day-to-day. With G Michael Adams on the injured list with a partially separated left shoulder, G Brent Price could start.

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