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Duncan Sidelined 1-3 Weeks

From Times Wire Services

San Antonio Spur forward Tim Duncan will be sidelined one to three weeks after an examination Tuesday revealed a sprain in his left ankle.

Duncan was injured in the first quarter of Monday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Duncan sat out Tuesday’s game against the Miami Heat and is expected to sit out home contests against two of the Spurs’ top rivals in the Western Conference -- the Lakers on Thursday and Dallas on Saturday.

The Spurs said Duncan’s ankle will be reevaluated after the Dallas game.

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Spur point guard Tony Parker also was not expected to play against the Heat because of an ankle sprain suffered during the preseason. It was not yet known if he might play against the Lakers.

Duncan averaged 18.7 points and 16 rebounds in the first three games of the season.

Meanwhile, Spur Coach Gregg Popovich also sat out the Miami game after being suspended for one game by the NBA for bumping a referee in Monday’s game.

Popovich was ejected in the second quarter after making contact with official Tony Brown on the court while arguing for a foul.

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Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves was fined $5,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands during Monday’s loss to the Utah Jazz.

Garnett was ejected in the second quarter at Salt Lake City after being called for a second technical foul. After the call by referee Jason Phillips, Garnett threw the ball into the stands while fans cheered the ejection.

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Swingman Bonzi Wells was fined by the Portland Trail Blazers for making an obscene gesture to a fan during Monday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Rose Garden.

Wells also threw a towel and a water bottle on the court in frustration during the game.

The amount of the fine was not disclosed.

Wells directed the obscene gesture at a fan who loudly heckled forward Rasheed Wallace during the Trail Blazers’ final timeout in the 94-83 loss.

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After the game, Wells denied making the gesture. At Tuesday’s practice he said he didn’t remember it.

“If I did, it was probably wrong, but I don’t remember,” he said.

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Cleveland Cavalier guard DaJuan Wagner had surgery on his right knee and could sit out the first three months of the season. Wagner had the second operation on his knee in less than seven months. Wagner averaged 13.4 points in 47 games during an injury-plagued rookie season last year.... Jerry Stackhouse, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last month, told the Washington Post that he is not likely to return to the Wizards until December at the earliest.... Milwaukee Buck forward Brian Skinner will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday and is expected to be sidelined up to six weeks.

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