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Catch the Falling Stars
Edited by Jack McCallum and Hank Hersch
December 29, 1997
The sight of an NBA star writhing in pain was all too familiar. New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing dislocated his right wrist last Saturday night when he fell attempting a dunk in Milwaukee and will miss the rest of the season. Ewing becomes the latest in a series of top-notch players to be sidelined by injuries. Here are two All-Star rosters of the missing in action.
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December 29, 1997

Catch The Falling Stars

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The sight of an NBA star writhing in pain was all too familiar. New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing dislocated his right wrist last Saturday night when he fell attempting a dunk in Milwaukee and will miss the rest of the season. Ewing becomes the latest in a series of top-notch players to be sidelined by injuries. Here are two All-Star rosters of the missing in action.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Terrell Brandon. G, Milwaukee Bucks
GAMES MISSED: four* (left ankle sprain).
PROJECTED RETURN: January.
SKINNY: Elliot (Socks) Perry can't hope to fill Brandon's shoes.

Penny Hardaway, G, Orlando Magic
GAMES MISSED: 13 (left knee tendinitis).
PROJECTED RETURN: late February.
SKINNY: Injury has had li'l effect on Magic, which is 9-4 without him.

Derrick Coleman, F, Philadelphia 76ers
GAMES MISSED: 13 (irregular heartbeat).
RETURNED: Dec. 19.
SKINNY: It's news when he's in the lineup.

Scottie Pippen, F, Chicago Bulls
GAMES MISSED: 25 (bone spurs in left foot).
PROJECTED RETURN: February.
SKINNY: Now we know—Bulls can't win without Michael or Scottie.

Patrick Ewing. C, New York Knicks
SKINNY: Spike Lee's new horror flick features Chris Dudley at foul line, Charles Oakley firing from perimeter.

Alonzo Mourning. C, Miami Heat
GAMES MISSED: 22 (left knee surgery).
RETURNED: Dec. 17.
SKINNY: Heat's 15-7 mark without him reaffirms Pat Riley's mastery.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Kevin Johnson, G, Phoenix Suns
GAMES MISSED: five (right knee tendinitis).
PROJECTED RETURN: late January.
SKINNY: Thanks to blossoming Steve Nash, Suns O.K. without KJ.

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