Magic's Hill is hurting again
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
ORLANDO - Orlando forward Grant Hill traveled to Philadelphia on Tuesday to have his sports hernia reevaluated, though the Magic's leading scorer is expected to be available for today's game against Washington.
Hill, who missed the first 19 games this season after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia, sat out five of the last seven games with pain in the same area. He scored 18 points in Sunday's loss at Sacramento, but was in visible pain after the game.
He flew to see sports hernia specialist Dr. William Myers, who performed Hill's surgery in October. Myers also treated Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Nomar Garciaparra.
Magic assistant general manager Otis Smith said Hill's visit was precautionary.
"It's just Grant being Grant," Smith said. "He's cautious and wanting to make sure everything is OK and he's not hurting himself more."
Last season was Hill's best for the Magic. Finally healed from an ankle injury that kept him off the court most of the previous four seasons, he averaged 19.7 points, shot a career-best 50 percent and was an All-Star for the sixth time.
Hill is averaging a team-best 16.8 points in 11 games this season.
Andrei Kirilenko had Utah's first triple-double since 1999 and the Jazz ended a two-game losing streak at home.
Kirilenko finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists for the Jazz's first triple since Karl Malone's 29 points, 12 boards and 10 assists May 4, 1999, against the Los Angeles Clippers. Kirilenko also had four blocks to go with his first career triple-double.
Mehmet Okur had 29 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Devin Brown scored 15, giving Kirilenko his 10th assist on a layup in the fourth quarter.
Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 27 and Jalen Rose scored 16 for Toronto, which had won two straight and seven of nine.
The Raptors allowed 33 points in the third quarter, including 10 by Kirilenko, and never recovered as they opened a five-game road trip with a loss.
and added that he would be willing to "sacrifice" his starting role to benefit the team.
Francis was suspended indefinitely last Thursday, a day after he opposed coach Brian Hill's request to replace Hedo Turkoglu with 3:22 remaining and the Magic trailing 103-87 at Seattle.
The star point guard missed two games - losses at Portland and Sacramento - then was reinstated Monday following a meeting with team officials.
"For me not to do that was completely wrong," Francis said in confirming the reason for his suspension. "It was in the heat of the moment, and one of the decisions that I made was really, really not a smart or wise one at the time. I apologize to the fans, to my teammates, the coaches."
Magic assistant general manager Otis Smith called the meeting with Francis productive and said he hoped to see changes in his attitude and play.
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