Timberwolves' Al Jefferson Ends Season With Torn ACL
Timberwolves star C Al Jefferson will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Coach Kevin McHale said Jefferson will likely have surgery to repair the injury in the next week to 10 days.
Jefferson hurt his knee when he landed awkwardly late in Sunday's 101-97 loss to New Orleans. He was examined yesterday, when the torn ACL was discovered.
· HORNETS: Chris Paul, New Orleans's top scorer and the league's assists leader, missed his fourth straight game, sitting out the Hornets' matchup last night with the Grizzlies because of a strained groin. . . .
All-star F David West was suspended for last night's game at Memphis because of a hard foul that resulted in his ejection against Minnesota on Sunday night.
· CAVALIERS: Starting G Sasha Pavlovic could miss up to six weeks with a sprained right ankle, another injury setback for a team which had won all 23 of its home games until Sunday's loss to the Lakers.
· MAVERICKS: G Jason Terry had surgery to stabilize a fracture in his left hand. The team said there is no timetable for when Terry might return.
· BROADCASTING: Charles Barkley will sit out TNT's coverage of All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, where he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving on Dec. 31, before returning to the air sometime during the second half of the season.
Barkley took a leave of absence from his TV responsibilities last month, the day tests showed that when he was stopped in nearby Scottsdale, Ariz., his blood-alcohol level was at .149, nearly twice the state's legal limit of .08.
-- From News Services