Bullets' MacLean breaks thumb in restaurant row

January 04, 1995|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer ZTC

LANDOVER -- An already bad injury situation got worse for the Washington Bullets yesterday when they announced that Don MacLean may not be available for an additional two months after breaking his right thumb during an altercation at a Baltimore restaurant Saturday night.

MacLean has been on the injured list since Dec. 12 and had missed 12 straight games going into last night with tendinitis in both knees.

"We were expecting him for practice on Monday, now they tell me he'll be six to eight Mondays from now," said a disappointed Bullets coach Jim Lynam.

The team's third-leading scorer (14.6 points per game), MacLean wouldn't talk about the incident last night. The Bullets would say only that it was an altercation at a Baltimore restaurant during which MacLean was "defending his date," said Bullets general manager John Nash.

MacLean saw Dr. Steven Haas yesterday, and X-rays revealed the fracture.

"This was an unfortunate incident that both Don MacLean and the Bullets' organization wish had not happened," Nash said. "As a result, we will continue to be without Don's services until at least the All-Star break [Feb. 10-12]."

MacLean is one of the NBA-maximum three players on the injured list, with Chris Webber (separated shoulder) and Brent Price (torn knee ligament).

In addition, guard Rex Chapman has missed 11 of the past 12 games with a sore groin muscle.

Lynam said Chapman's status is day-to-day.

"He gave it a shot [Saturday] and it was a no-go," Lynam said. "Realistically, we are hoping on Sunday he'll be able to do something."

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