MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -The reeling Miami Heat won't get Shaquille O'Neal back for at least a week while he receives treatment for a hip injury that has sidelined him for six games.
Coach Pat Riley said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that O'Neal is still in Los Angeles, but they are encouraged by the treatment there and ``hope he'll be back by next week.''
O'Neal bruised his left hip on Dec. 22 against Utah while diving for a loose ball and crashing into the scorer's table. The injury flared up on Dec. 26 against Philadelphia.
Miami has lost seven in a row to fall to 8-26, the worst record in the Eastern Conference, heading into Tuesday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
While injuries have resulted in the worst statistical season of O'Neal's 16-year career - 14 points and 7.8 rebounds per game - the Heat sorely miss his presence in the paint on both ends of the court.
The once-proud defensive team hasn't given up fewer than 94 points in a game since Dec. 17, and opponents have shot better than 50 percent in four of the past 10 games.

NBA Headlines

More inNBA News  

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Thunder vs. Spurs Total Pick After a lopsided blowout in Game 1, will the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City be involved in more of a...
Thumbnail Thunder vs. Spurs Game 2 Pick Can the Oklahoma City Thunder bounce back tonight when they face the San Antonio Spurs for Game 2 of their...
Thumbnail Hawks vs. Cavaliers Game 1 Pick The Cleveland Cavaliers get back into action tonight when they host the Atlanta Hawks at 7PM ET in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference...
Thumbnail Pacers vs. Raptors Game 7 Free Pick The Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers close out their series tonight at 8PM ET. Who will come out on...
Thumbnail Blazers vs. Warriors Game 1 Pick The Golden State Warriors, without Stephen Curry, begin their conference semifinal series with the Portland Trail Blazers today at...
More inNBA Articles  

NBA Team Pages