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O'Neal's Injury May Turn Into Big Trouble for Pacers

Saturday, March 12, 2005; Page D06

The right shoulder injury of Pacers F Jermaine O'Neal may be worse than Indiana originally thought, Coach Rick Carlisle said.

O'Neal, averaging 25.1 points, was hurt last week in Denver and missed his fourth consecutive game last night.

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"We're still gathering information," Carlisle said of the injury, originally diagnosed as a sprain. "But I'm afraid it may be [more serious]. I can't say that for sure until he gets back in here and checks in with our doctors and we get a complete prognosis."

ROCKETS' MOVES: Houston activated G Bob Sura and placed G Moochie Norris on the injured list with plantar fascitis in his left foot. Sura had been on the injured list since Feb. 24 with an inflammation of scar tissue around his vertebrae. Before being sidelined, Sura was averaging 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

MARION OUT: F Shawn Marion, the Suns' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, missed his first game of the season last night against the Rockets because of a contusion to his left knee. Marion, averaging 19.2 points and 11.0 rebounds, was injured on Wednesday against the Spurs.

MORE INJURIES: The Mavericks put G-F Jerry Stackhouse on the injured list with a strained groin. Stackhouse, 30, has missed 10 games since suffering the injury in early January. . . .

The Bobcats placed F Gerald Wallace on the injured list with bruised left ribs and activated G-F Bernard Robinson from the injured list.

VICTIM COMPENSATION: The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape has repaid $20,000 to Colorado's victim compensation fund, a week after reaching a settlement in her lawsuit against the NBA star. The victim compensation money, which was repaid Thursday, became the subject of a heated dispute during the criminal proceedings when Bryant's attorneys suggested it gave the woman motivation to press charges.

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