Oft-injured Camby breaks finger

Marcus Camby Camby

DENVER -- Marcus Camby of the Denver Nuggets expects to be
sidelined a couple of weeks after breaking a finger on his shooting
hand against the Washington Wizards.

The 6-foot-11 center-forward is averaging 11.7 points and 11
rebounds. His absence is a blow to a team already without two
suspended players -- Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith.
"It hurts," Camby said. "It's still swelled up. I'm trying to
put off surgery so I can get back as quickly as I possibly can."

Camby was injured after attempting to take a charge in the third
quarter. He tried to cushion his fall by placing his hand out. He
finished the game and X-rays taken afterward didn't reveal the
fracture. His hand swelled the next day and an MRI showed the

Anthony was suspended for 15 games and Smith for 10 for their
roles in a brawl in the final minutes of a Dec. 16 game in New
York. Smith said during Friday's shootaround that he has appealed
the suspension, but hasn't heard from the league.

The Nuggets play at home Friday night against Sacramento. Allen
Iverson was expected to join the Nuggets on Friday after being
acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. He has
been kept away by a snowstorm that shut down Denver International
Airport for two days.

"My hope is he arrives, probably very late," Nuggets coach
George Karl said. "We'll get him on the court. I'll talk to him
before the game and see how much he wants to play."