Jeff Ruland's return to the Washington Bullets' lineup lasted only one game. After aggravating his strained right shoulder in Friday night's 102-95 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Ruland's playing status is back to "day to day," he says.
Ruland, who scored 11 points and had seven rebounds in Friday's game, said the shoulder started hurting the next day.
The center, selected to the Eastern Conference all-star team a week ago, said "he wouldn't be surprised" if he had to withdraw from the NBA All-Star Game, to be played Sunday in Indianapolis.
Forward Cliff Robinson missed his 12th straight game with strains and sprains in his right leg. When asked about a possible return, he said, "No one wants to play more than me. I'm working on the leg and I'll be back just as soon as I can."
Although the team has a game tonight (7:30 at Capital Centre) against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Shue said he didn't expect Robinson to be available before Wednesday night's game at Philadelphia. The Bullets then return to Capital Centre Thursday to play the Detroit Pistons before entering the all-star break. After that, the team embarks on its longest road trip of the season, a six-game, two-week trip through the Pacific Northwest and Texas.