The Jazz suspended G DeShawn Stevenson yesterday, hours before its playoff game against the Kings, for conduct detrimental to the team.

Stevenson was sent back to Salt Lake City, the Jazz announced in a brief news release that didn't indicate the nature of his conduct. The release didn't specify the length of the suspension. Stevenson declined to comment when contacted at home in Sandy, Utah.

* O'NEAL ATTENDS WAKE: Lakers C Shaquille O'Neal left the team to attend his grandfather's wake in South Carolina, but he's expected to play in Game 2 of the playoff series tonight against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

O'Neal was to miss an afternoon practice, return late last night and be at a shoot-around this morning, team spokesman John Black said.

O'Neal had 32 points and 10 rebounds in a 117-98 victory in the opener Sunday.

* SPURS' ROBINSON OUT: Spurs C David Robinson had an MRI exam that revealed torn knee cartilage, forcing him to miss Game 2 of the Spurs-Suns playoff series last night.

Meantime, Robinson, who is retiring after the season, won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award for community service.

Robinson, a 16-year veteran who was the league's MVP in 1995, has donated $9 million to create the Carver Academy, which serves primarily low-income black and Hispanic families in San Antonio.

Also nominated for this year's award were Warriors C Adonal Foyle, Pacers G Reggie Miller, Celtics F Walter McCarty and Wizards G-F Jerry Stackhouse.

* DAVIS QUESTIONABLE: G Baron Davis is questionable for the Hornets' playoff game against the 76ers on Wednesday night because of a left knee injury. Davis didn't practice yesterday, and doesn't plan to practice today. Results of an MRI exam yesterday were negative.

-- From News Services