Kaman Injured in Loss

From Times Wire Reports

The Clippers missed their first seven shots and never led in losing, 82-78, to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night in an exhibition game at Oakland.

The Clippers lost starting center Chris Kaman to a left ankle sprain early in the first quarter. X-rays were negative, but Kaman was expected to be sidelined for at least a week.

Backup center Zeljko Rebraca was sidelined because of flu-like symptoms.

Mikki Moore led the Clippers with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and reserve Elton Brand added 11 points. The Clippers, who trailed, 13-2, at the start and once trailed by 17 points, pulled to within 72-68 on a Shaun Livington layup with 4:52 left but could get no closer.


Jason Richardson had 19 points for the Warriors.

The Clippers end their exhibition schedule tonight at Staples Center against the Phoenix Suns.


Boston Celtic point guard Gary Payton missed Wednesday’s exhibition game against Detroit because of a broken right thumb.

The team said Payton, 36, would be re-evaluated daily and is expected to play in the Celtics’ regular-season opener against Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Payton was injured Monday against Cleveland.

Meanwhile, Celtic forward Paul Pierce was fined $15,000 by the NBA for spitting at the Cavaliers’ bench during the third quarter of Monday’s game.


Washington Wizard center Brendan Haywood was suspended for the first three regular-season games by the NBA for fighting during an exhibition game against the Chicago Bulls.

Antonio Davis and Eddy Curry of the Bulls received two-game suspensions, Washington’s Larry Hughes drew a one-game suspension and Bull guard Kirk Hinrich was handed a $10,000 fine.


Haywood, Davis and Curry were suspended for throwing punches. Hughes was penalized for initiating the confrontation by head-butting Hinrich.

Washington guard Gilbert Arenas has already been suspended by the NBA for one game because he failed to maintain proper registration of a handgun in 2003.


Chicago Bull forward Tyson Chandler had to be carried off the floor after a nasty fall in the third quarter in Wednesday’s game against Indiana.

Chandler collided with Pacer guard Stephen Jackson as he tried to block Jackson’s layup attempt. Chandler’s legs came out from underneath him and he landed flat on his back under the basket.

He writhed on the floor for several minutes before being helped off by team trainers.

Chandler bruised his right hip on the play and did not return.


Forward Amare Stoudemire, the 2003 NBA rookie of the year, had his contract extended by the Phoenix Suns, who exercised their fourth-year option on the contract. Stoudemire will receive $2.6 million next season, then he will be a restricted free agent.... Indiana Pacer backup point guard Anthony Johnson broke his right hand in Tuesday’s game against Memphis and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.