Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger could miss another week with a sore left knee.
Granger missed the first 54 games with the same injury and sat out the second half of Sunday night’s victory over Chicago after re-aggravating the knee injury.
Just hours before Indiana and Boston were to meet Wednesday night, the team issued a statement saying an MRI done on Granger’s knee showed no new damage to the knee. The team says he will be re-evaluated next week.
Granger has led the Pacers in scoring each of the last five seasons. The team did not make a move before the February trade deadline in hopes Granger would give them another outside shooting presence.
The Pacers (38-22) lead the Central Division and are No. 2 in the Eastern Conference.
Jazz center hobbling
Utah Jazz starting center Al Jefferson missed his third consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle.
Jefferson, averaging 17.7 points and 9.4 rebounds, was hurt last week in a loss to Atlanta. Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said there is no timetable on Jefferson’s return. Derrick Favors started in his place Wednesday night against Cleveland.
Corbin said he started DeMarre Carroll against the Cavaliers instead of Marvin Williams in an effort to get more energy out of his starting unit.
Guard Mo Williams is back in Utah’s lineup after missing 32 games with a thumb injury. Williams had surgery Jan. 3 to repair ligaments and had two pins removed Feb. 13. Corbin said he would monitor Williams’ minutes. Williams hasn’t played since Dec. 22.
Anthony misses game
New York All-Star Carmelo Anthony sat out Wednesday night’s game at Detroit after injuring his right knee earlier in the week.
The Pistons, meanwhile, were without coach Lawrence Frank, who missed the game because of a personal matter. Assistant coach Brian Hill took over for Frank.
Anthony stumbled near midcourt Monday night against Cleveland after catching a pass and fell awkwardly to the floor. He got up, and appearing more embarrassed than hurt, immediately headed to the locker room with a slight limp. He did not return.
Detroit’s Greg Monroe missed the game because of a sore left ankle.
Beal injures ankle
Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal was scratched from the lineup against Minnesota on Wednesday night because of a sprained left ankle.
Beal was injured on Sunday against Philadelphia and listed as day to day. Coach Randy Wittman says his team’s leading scorer is improving but not ready to play against the Wolves, who have been plagued by injuries all season long.
Forward Kevin Love is scheduled to visit his hand specialist in New York next Wednesday.
Love has played in just 18 games this season because a right hand that has been broken twice. Love says he hopes to be playing in two to three weeks.