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Saturday, December 4, 2004
Traylor broke left pinkie

Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers: Forward Robert Traylor will miss three to four weeks after breaking his left pinkie during a game against the New Jersey Nets.

Traylor, a reserve averaging 5.1 points and 4.0 rebounds, was placed on the injured list. Cleveland activated Scott Williams for Wednesday night's game against Chicago.

"That's going to hurt us a lot," LeBron James said Wednesday night. "He's a big part of our bench. He brings defensive intensity and rebounds great."

Traylor has been a nice addition for the Cavaliers, who signed him as a free agent this summer. The six-year veteran has been used to fill at forward and to back up center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Traylor had four points and four rebounds in 13 minutes Tuesday night when the Cavaliers won their eighth straight home game.

Cleveland leads the Central Division and has the best record in the Eastern Conference after 15 games for the first time since 1989.

"We're playing good defense, for one. That's what's been the mainstay of our streak right now," coach Paul Silas said. "It's coming together. We've got a long way to go, but it's coming together faster than I thought."

Williams is averaging 2.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10 games.

Los Angeles Clippers: Center Chris Kaman underwent emergency surgery Wednesday for acute appendicitis during a visit to his Michigan hometown.

Kaman had the Clippers' permission to be in Wyoming, Mich., to have his jersey retired at Tri-Unity Christian High School when he fell ill.

He had surgery in Grand Rapids and is expected to be out of action for a minimum of two weeks, the team said.

Kaman came off the injured list Nov. 24 after missing the first 11 games of the season with a sprained left ankle. In seven games since then, he has averaged 2.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 13 minutes.

Los Angeles Lakers: Guard Tony Bobbitt was placed on the injured list because of a strained lower back and activated rookie guard Sasha Vujacic.

Bobbitt was signed Monday after Kareem Rush was traded to Charlotte. Bobbitt joined the Lakers as an undrafted rookie free agent before the preseason and was released after averaging 6.9 points and 2.4 assists in seven exhibition games.

Vujacic, the 27th overall pick in last summer's NBA draft, averaged 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 5.7 minutes in three games before being placed on the injured list last month because of a sprained right ankle.

New Jersey Nets: Forward Kaniel Dickens, the leading scorer in the CBA, was signed by the Nets.

The Nets also waived forward Awvee Storey and placed center Jabari Smith on the injured list with a sprained left ankle.

Dickens was averaging 29.4 points and 9.6 rebounds with the Idaho Stampede. He was shooting a league-leading 57.1 percent from 3-point range.

During the preseason, Dickens averaged 3.6 points and two rebounds with the Los Angeles Clippers. A University of Idaho product, he appeared in three games with Portland last season.

Storey made the Nets as a free agent. He played in nine games, averaging less than a point.

Denver Nuggets: Chris Herren, a former Nuggets player, disputes police accusations.

He was charged Friday with driving while intoxicated, driving while in possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, driving after his license had been revoked and refusal to submit to a drug test.

Portsmouth, R.I., police Sgt. Harry Leonard said police found Herren unconscious in the car and had to smash a window to give him medical treatment.

Leonard said Herren apparently suffered a seizure while waiting in line at the drive-through, which caused Herren's black 2004 Chrysler to shoot forward and ram into a brick wall behind the doughnut shop.

Herren told The Herald News on Tuesday that he didn't have a seizure.

"I was driving into the Dunkin Donuts Friday morning to get my kids some doughnuts," Herren said. "Some lady was in reverse and she hit my car. My head smashed into the windshield and I went unconscious. I was in a car accident. I wasn't just in a parking lot, passed out in my car."

Police said after Herren was removed from the car, they found 18 empty packets containing heroin residue and paraphernalia; Herren said there were seven empty packets.

"I don't deny this has been an issue for me. I've struggled with this for a long time. I know I have a problem, but I haven't touched the stuff for months."

Herren also denied police claims he refused a drug test.

"I don't know what they're talking about," he said.